Bungie has been quietly giving us lore ahead of the release of Shadowkeep recently, and today we’re looking at Chapter Four of this lore. Check out our takes on Chapters One, Two, and Three, and read until the end to see our analysis of this latest chapter.
Check out Chapter Four as it appears on Bungie’s website below, then read on for our analysis.
A Friend In Need
There’s a heat behind my eyes. I’d forgotten warmth, what it felt like. All I can make out are the weapons pointed at my face. If this is my fate, I will end with the fury of a tempest.
“Lower your guns!”
“Eris Morn. Apologies for the welcome. Never know what will come out of there.”
The Dreaming City. I did not think I ever would set foot here.
“This place… it’s miraculous .”
“Don’t get used to it. We won’t be staying long.”
“Where are we going?”
“To see the Queen.”
“The Witch aims to bait me. I require your guidance, my Queen .”
“She is calculated, meticulous. Proceed cautiously. Her intent is obscured.”
My Queen is wise.
“Where do we begin?”
“Eris… there is understandable urgency in this matter…”
Not you too. Please do not think lesser of me.
“You were on the brink of death. That is not a loss I’m willing to bear.”
“The shadow of death cannot hinder me.”
She takes a concerned pause at my words. Did I misspeak?
“You walk a thin line between duty and obsession. Take it from one with experience.”
“I am driven, but only due to what is at stake.”
“And what is that to you?”
“My Queen … everything. Human and Awoken alike will wash up on the shores of death if we do not act.”
“No. What is it to you?”
I watch as she deliberates the validity of my claims. To be dismissed as mad now would be my end.
“A noble cause.”
The same desire runs through my Queen’s veins.
“Savathûn’s cunning has its limits… We retrieved a log dating back to the Golden Age that may aid in deciphering Her riddles. It is one of many. The rest are scattered across the stars.”
“I must seek them all out.”
“You will not have to do it alone.”
The months working alongside my Queen were exhilarating and treacherous. I’ve traversed more of the known universe than I ever thought I would see. Through all the vile creatures vanquished and treasures discovered lurks a new sensation… A place in this story.
We’ve collected several of the logs we seek. Each offers a new perspective on the threat we all face. The Golden Age understanding of the concepts of Light and Darkness were primitive, nascent. I wonder if in the millennia that will come to pass, our comprehension will be viewed similarly. It matters not, if we are unable to avoid our looming calamity.
We have come so far, and now I feel our journey coming to a close.
It’s here, in these ruins. I can sense it.
I push the refuse off an ancient chest.
Inside—what we’ve been searching for.
I read. My worst fears confirmed.
“My Queen … it’s been there all along.”
To think I must return to those twisted tunnels where the screams of my fireteam will undoubtedly reverberate throughout my mind…
My fate is eternally bound to that place.
There is no escape.
In this chapter we see Petra Venj as the one pointing the gun at Eris Morn from where the story left off. Petra was in the Dreaming City though, and Eris was in some sort of ascendant realm. How Eris got to the Dreaming City is a mystery, but once there she realises that her and Petra are united in their search for answers.
For a while Perta and Eris join forces, searching all known parts of the universe for logs from the Golden Age. It’s not made clear what these logs hold, but Eris gets her hands on a few for the Queen of the Awoken alongside Petra, Mara Sov.
Eris speaks about how the logs talk of darkness and light in very different terms to how the Guardians see them today. It sounds as if the lines were a lot closer, blurred even, during the Golden Age. However, we know that the Darkness is coming back to the Traveller, having been searching for so long. Maybe now we’ll understand what Darkness really is.
The chapter ends with Eris realising that she needs to go back to the Moon, back below the surface where the Hive are at their strongest. The answers she seeks are there, located in the same pit where the memories of her fireteam dying one by one will also haunt her the most.
Personally I think we’re being shown that over the course of year 3 in Destiny 2, the Darkness will finally start to arrive. Shadowkeep is certainly all about one of Oryx’s sisters on the Moon, but outside of that those huge Darkness ships are approaching. By the end of the upcoming year’s seasons we’ll have a very different universe in Destiny 2.
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