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Lore Thursday – The Exo Stranger

Today we’re taking a look at the lore surrounding The Exo Stranger, a very mysterious character you first encounter in Destiny 1, but who may be returning soon in Destiny 2. Gods of Mars, the next expansion for Destiny 2 will see Guardians fighting Rasputin itself, and there are rumours that the Exo Stranger will be around aiding us as we work to stop it from ending all life that’s left in the system.

Some Guardians have said that the Exo Stranger has helped avoid catastrophe, just what catastrophe we’re not sure. One thing that is certain is that we have no idea where her affiliations lie and what her motivations are, making her either a great ally or a problematic enemy.

Some analysis suggests that the Exo Stranger can travel through time, or at lest between different timelines. We’re no closer to understanding how she does this than we were in Destiny 1, when she phases out of existence before our very eyes after the last core campaign mission is finished.

One thing the Exo Stranger does do is help Guardians destroy the Heart of Darkness that the Vex are worshipping in the Black Garden. She provides guidance on where Guardians need to go and what they need to stop, but there’s no indication of what would’ve happened if we hadn’t. It could be that because Guardians ended this threat her timeline ceased to be, but then she does pass on her Pulse Rifle which is still one of the best looking weapons in Destiny 1.

It’s expected that the Stranger’s words are part of the Grimoire card for No Time To Explain. The card is where the theories about the Stranger’s ability to travel through time or timelines originates. It discusses different theories that other characters in the Destiny universe have about the weapon’s origins, ending with her own view that it is far more fun than anyone anticipated.

Should the Exo Stranger be a part of Gods of Mars then I hope there’s some messing around in time happening. The Destiny universe is full of characters who are alleged to have been through different timelines, but we’ve never met one that can actually travel through them and interact with us.

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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