All Guardians are Monsters to Someone in Destiny 2
Have you ever stopped to think about the consequences of your actions?
A couple of weeks ago, Polygon reported on a video that had just been found in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer‘s files. At the time of writing, this video isn’t in the game, though I suspect it will be by the time this article goes live. It depicts Saint-14 as a monster, because it’s a story being told by Mithrax of the Eliksni. They call him “The Saint” and portray him as an absolute monster. The thing is, I agree.
All Mithrax is doing here is explaining how his people feel. They’ve been outed from their home and are now living in the Tower, but they have to stare up at the monster that haunted them for years and years. Saint-14 is a hero to Guardians. He wears purple ribbons as a signifier of the people he’s saved. He’s saved quite a lot of people over the years, and he’s renowned as one of the greatest fighters of this generation of Guardians.
However, from the other side, he’s a monster who tormented a race to near extinction. He didn’t care if the Fallen were women, men, or children, he killed them all. It even looks like he took pleasure in this killing sometimes, dragging enemies off to kill them in creative ways. That sounds exactly like the Saint-14 I know, but it’s a haunting revelation to hear his tales told from the other side.
We, like Saint-14, are murderers. We take fantastical weapons and destroy as many aliens around the system as we can find. Most of us take pleasure in it as well. We like to string together different types of weapon kills to activate buffs, and even use grenades and melee attacks in creative ways. This is wrong though because it takes away from the horrors that we’re inflicting on those enemies.
The key difference between us and Saint-14 is that we didn’t go to a race’s home and mercilessly kill everything we saw. We’ve only reacted to attacks, and have probably only killed soldiers. Still, that’s a lot of death for those who care about those soldiers somewhere out there.
This cutscene has more of an impact on me than even the story of Crota. We killed Crota and drew out Oryx, and by killing him we’ve drawn out Savathun. We are always reacting, but all of our actions have consequences. Saint-14 needs to realize that now, and I think we all do the next time we visit the Eliksni.
Let us know how you feel about all this in the comments.