Future 2’s Season of the Haunted is working via a compelling, character-driven story, one which dives into the non-public traumas of a number of the recreation’s main characters as they attempt to cope with the brand new menace introduced by Calus and the Derelict Leviathan. Like one of the best of Future 2’s current tales, it depends closely on participant data from previous seasons and expansions.
Usually, that is nice, as a result of with Bungie constructing on occasions of the current previous, Future 2 seems like a world that’s altering on account of the issues that occur inside it. However in case you missed sure earlier components of the story, just like the Forsaken or Shadowkeep expansions, this season may need you just a little misplaced.
There’s quite a lot of backstory you might want to know to totally respect Season of the Haunted, stretching all the way in which again to vanilla Future 2, the Leviathan raid, and extra. Here is a fast historical past lesson that can get you on top of things on every thing you might want to know in regards to the Leviathan, Nightmares, Caiatl, Crow, and every thing else this season–regardless of whether or not you’ve got been round because the Future alpha, or simply jumped in with The Witch Queen.
A fast historical past of the Cabal
Season of the Haunted continues the story of the Cabal empire, which has held everlasting residence in Earth’s photo voltaic system since again within the days of the unique Future. They’ve modified drastically since then, nevertheless, with a number of totally different factions working within the photo voltaic system on the identical time.
The Cabal as we all know them are a warlike group of conquerors, and that is rooted of their deep traditions. They worth issues like honor and trials by fight; they’re type of like Star Trek’s Klingons, and you’ll see of their structure and unit names that Bungie attracts so much from the Roman Empire to tell the Cabal. The group is definitely made up of a few species working underneath the banner of the Cabal homeworld, Torobatl, which was the seat of an empire that stretched throughout an enormous variety of worlds.
Sooner or later previously, a brand new emperor named Calus gained energy as a part of a preferred revolution towards the army that managed the federal government. A narcissist and hedonist, Calus wasn’t considering conquering something and largely was all about his personal private pleasure. He reformed the Cabal empire, taking energy from the army Praetoriate that had previously dominated, and as a substitute providing the folks feasts and gladiator bloodsports. Quite a lot of the normal Cabal chafed at Calus’s choices, and from what we study within the Duality dungeon, it appears like Calus had some or all of these Praetoriate dissenters purged.
Calus blended ruthlessness with extra and opulence, and at the least to listen to him inform it, his folks had been pleased together with his rule. Throughout his time as emperor, Calus had a daughter named Caiatl, who he cherished dearly. However Calus was additionally self-centered and jealous; he could be type to Caiatl one second, and merciless to her the following. Within the current lore of Season of the Haunted, we discovered about how Calus gave Caiatl a struggle beast for her birthday as a toddler, which she got here to like intensely. Conflict beasts maintain a spot of honor in Cabal society, and Caiatl grew extraordinarily near hers, just for Calus to develop jealous that she cherished the pet greater than she cherished him. Calus had the struggle beast butchered, and that appears to have been the second that solidified Caiatl’s hate for her father.
Throughout this identical interval, Calus took discover of a very fierce gladiator named Ghaul, an albino Cabal who’d been left to die as a child as a result of he was a runt. As a gladiator, Ghaul proved himself in battle time and again, and Calus was so impressed that he pulled Ghaul from the gladiator life and elevated him to the chief of his fiercest army drive, the Pink Legion. Ghaul turned often known as the “Ghost Primus” and Calus thought of him one thing of a son. What Calus did not know was that after Ghaul had been deserted as an toddler, he was discovered and raised by The Consul, a former member of the Praetoriate. Collectively, the Consul and Ghaul enacted a prolonged plan to get revenge towards the emperor.
In the meantime, as Calus threw events, the Cabal empire got here underneath menace, with Hive forces attacking its outlying worlds. Calus did not assume that was such an enormous deal, however a few of his generals and advisers, and even his personal daughter, noticed his failure to behave as a failure to steer. They undoubtedly weren’t incorrect, either–the Hive had been massively highly effective and harmful, conquering and destroying worlds because the Cabal forces tried and failed to carry them again, with none bigger plan in place. When Ghaul was able to enact his plan to overthrow Calus, he was capable of get the backing of key army personnel and advisers, in addition to the Princess-Imperial herself, due to this menace. Caiatl was the lynchpin of the plan.
Ghaul launched his plot in the course of the night time; what would later be often known as the Midnight Coup. The Ghost Primus stormed the palace, and Calus hurried to his throne room to retrieve some particular object he thought would save him from the traitors. It is not precisely clear this object was, however lore implies it may need been an Ahamkara bone. When Calus arrived within the throne room, nevertheless, Caiatl was already ready for him. She destroyed the thing, sealing Calus’s destiny.
We study within the Duality dungeon that Ghaul was able to execute Calus as he took energy, naming himself to a brand new place: Dominus. Nonetheless, apparently, Caiatl satisfied him in any other case. As a substitute, Calus was exiled from the Cabal empire. He and his loyalists had been positioned on an enormous ship known as the Leviathan, which was despatched out to float via the darkish reaches of area endlessly, its navigation programs destroyed. Aboard the Leviathan, Calus would ultimately come into contact with the Darkness, and thru it, Future 2’s overarching villain, the Witness. After that, he would wind up in Earth’s photo voltaic system.
Dominus Ghaul and the Pink Conflict
After taking energy, Ghaul was in touch with Cabal forces within the Sol system, the place they’d dug in on Mars someday between the Collapse and the current day. It might in the end be a dropping battle; when the Hive god Oryx confirmed up throughout Future’s The Taken King enlargement, he used his energy to avoid the free will of different species towards the Cabal, “taking” them and forcing them into his military. In response, the Cabal attacked Oryx’s ship, the Dreadnaught, and tried to destroy it. They had been stopped by the Guardians, however not earlier than they despatched a misery sign again to the empire. Ghaul obtained that sign and began to enact a plan, even because the Guardians defeated Oryx and drove the Cabal again.
Future 2’s vanilla marketing campaign was all about Ghaul. After receiving the misery name, the Dominus departed with the Pink Legion for Earth’s photo voltaic system. When he arrived, he caught the Guardians unawares, launching a sneak assault on the Final Metropolis. Ghaul executed a plan to attempt to take the ability of the Traveler for himself: Utilizing particular expertise he created a cage across the Traveler, chopping the Guardians off from their Gentle. With out their powers or their immortality, the Guardians struggled to combat the Pink Legion and had been scattered all through the photo voltaic system. Future 2’s story was all about discovering a method to regain the Gentle and, ultimately, defeat Ghaul–with the assistance of the Traveler, which had been dormant for hundreds of years. Waking the Traveler set all of the occasions we have seen for years in Future 2 into movement.
Within the aftermath of Ghaul’s loss of life, Calus and the Leviathan confirmed up within the photo voltaic system. The exiled emperor known as on the remaining Pink Legion forces to rejoin him, whereas additionally inviting the Guardians to the Leviathan to fulfill and entertain him. That led to the Leviathan raid, the place gamers fought via the ship and its Loyalist forces–which, at this level, had been largely clones Calus had made to serve him utilizing the Leviathan’s particular genetics facilities–and ultimately took on Calus himself.
Upon killing the emperor, nevertheless, the Guardians discovered the reality: They solely beat a robotic lookalike of Calus. And in reality, the emperor had an enormous variety of further robotic copies at his disposal, which advised that he wielded an infinite quantity of energy. The lore reveals, nevertheless, that Calus is definitely previous and sickly, together with his frail physique slowly failing him.
The Crown of Sorrow
Calus endeared himself to the Guardians, calling on their assistance on a number of events and rewarding them with highly effective weapons because of this. The ultimate time Calus known as on the Guardians, it was to destroy a Hive an infection that had taken over a portion of the Leviathan’s inside.
The infestation began when Calus’s loyalists found a Hive artifact known as the Crown of Sorrow. Calus believed the crown would enable him to manage Hive forces, to wield them as a military, giving him the means to take again energy among the many Cabal. However Calus was too good to tackle the danger of making an attempt the crown himself–instead, he used the Leviathan’s cloning vats to create a Loyalist named Gahlran who would put on the crown for him. Inside moments of his beginning, the crown was fitted on Gahlran’s head, and he instantly misplaced his thoughts.
It turned out that the Crown of Sorrow was a entice, and Calus was proper to have been cautious. It was created by Oryx’s sister, the Hive god Savathun, hoping that she may use it to take management of Calus. Gahlran took over a portion of the Leviathan underbelly with an enormous drive of Hive, so Calus known as on the Guardians for assist. That was the premise of the Crown of Sorrow raid, which noticed groups of Guardians saving the Leviathan from Gahlran and his Hive forces.
After Gahlran was destroyed, Calus stored the Crown of Sorrow. He would provide you with a use for it sooner or later.
The autumn of Torobatl and Caiatl’s arrival
Whereas Ghaul was away from Torobatl, he left Caiatl, the previous Princess-Imperial, answerable for the empire. Together with his loss of life, she turned empress. Her reign hasn’t been a cheerful one, although. The Hive forces pushing into Cabal territory got here with much more drive, led by Oryx’s different sister and one other Hive god, Xivu Arath. The Cabal had been unable to carry again Xivu Arath’s assault, and ultimately, the Cabal homeworld of Torobatl fell.
Main the final determined group of Cabal army forces and civilians, Caiatl took her folks to the one place she knew that may give them an opportunity at survival: Earth’s photo voltaic system. The plan was to collect the remnants of the scattered Pink Legion–still a major drive, if leaderless–and return to retake Torobatl. What’s extra, Caiatl and her advisers hoped they could achieve the Guardians as allies of their struggle towards the Hive.
When Caiatl arrived within the photo voltaic system, she struck up a negotiation with Commander Zavala and the Vanguard, however the talks did not go in addition to she’d hoped. The Cabal conquer–they do not supply peace treaties. So Caiatl, pushed by the calls for of custom and saving face earlier than her troopers, provided the Vanguard the possibility to hitch the Cabal underneath her rule. Zavala, nevertheless, refused to kneel earlier than the Cabal empress, or anybody. It almost meant struggle between Caiatl and the Vanguard in the course of the Season of the Chosen.
Issues modified, nevertheless, as a result of Caiatl isn’t the identical as both her father or Ghaul. Caiatl got here to respect the Guardians after they participated in Cabal rights of proving, which Zavala and his advisers used to get rid of harmful Pink Legion personnel whereas displaying deference to Cabal traditions. Over time, a mutual respect grew between the empress and the Vanguard, and a coalition towards the forces of Darkness slowly got here collectively.
However Caiatl’s option to ally with the Guardians has had repercussions. Her choice to point out mercy and think about friendship did not sit effectively with all of the Cabal underneath her command, a few of whom imagine the one path ahead ought to be conquest. Whereas Calus and the Leviathan had gone lacking for greater than a 12 months, messages despatched from the exiled emperor and relayed by loyalists within the photo voltaic system supplied sad Cabal troops with an alternative choice to Caiatl, and defections have been rampant. Caiatl herself has struggled to flee her lingering doubts about her plan of action. The voice of Ghaul, her mentor who endorsed solely power and railed towards weak spot and mercy, remained behind her thoughts. In her Sever mission, we watch Caiatl come to phrases with worries that she is failing Ghaul and her Cabal traditions, deciding that she believes compromise is simply as essential as conquest.
The “youngsters” of Uldren
Caiatl is not the one one who has been coping with voices from her previous in Season of the Haunted. One of many main figures struggling towards Calus’s Nightmares is Crow, who’s haunted by Uldren Sov, the person he as soon as was. We have already seen Crow come to phrases with Uldren, however there’s quite a lot of backstory to unpack there, and most of it stretches means again within the Forsaken enlargement.
Uldren Sov was the brother of Mara Sov, queen of the Awoken, and served as her spymaster and adviser. Mara usually used Uldren as a weapon, realizing that he would do something she needed. Again in The Taken King, Mara led the Awoken fleet towards Oryx and the Hive, executing an elaborate plan to assist the Guardians defeat the Hive god. Mara (apparently) was killed throughout that battle, however Uldren survived. Beset by grief and with out his sister to information him, he wandered the photo voltaic system, getting as much as bother.
In contrast to most different people and Awoken within the photo voltaic system, Uldren was near the Eliksni, the race in any other case often known as the Fallen. There have been Fallen warriors from the Home of Wolves who had served Mara for years after the Awoken defeated them in a struggle, and whereas those self same Fallen ultimately revolted towards Mara, there have been some that Uldren had come to befriend through the years. Sooner or later in his wanderings, Uldren found a dying Fallen named Fikrul. Uldren tried to assist Fikrul however discovered he couldn’t, and simply as Fikrul died, Uldren wished for a method to save him.
What he did not notice on the time was that his want had been granted–by an Ahamkara.
Ahamkara are unusual shapeshifting creatures about which we all know very little about. They had been predators, granting needs that allowed them to feed off different beings and exercising monumental energy due to that skill. The Ahamkara had been such an enormous menace in years previous that the Vanguard organized a Nice Hunt, during which the Guardians hounded the Ahamkara almost to extinction. However at the least one survived, hidden within the Awoken’s Dreaming Metropolis, captured and utilized by Mara Sov. That Ahamkara, Riven, someway heard Uldren’s want and granted it, reviving Fikrul into an undead Fallen known as the Fanatic who had the flexibility to resurrect different Fallen, creating a complete infinite military of zombie-like creatures often known as the Scorn.
Ultimately, the Fanatic resurrected various different Fallen into Scorn, who turned often known as “barons” and had been loyal to Uldren. They had been primarily crime lords, and some had been sadistic monsters. Hunter Vanguard chief Cayde-6, Petra Venj, and various different Future aspect characters rounded up the barons and captured them, leaving them within the Awoken’s Jail of Elders. Uldren ultimately was imprisoned there, too, after turning himself into the Awoken. Earlier than lengthy, nevertheless, Uldren staged a jail break with the Scorn barons, pushed by visions of Mara. Throughout the escape, Uldren killed Cayde, inflicting the participant Guardian to chase him to a area of the Asteroid Belt known as the Damaged Shore within the Forsaken marketing campaign.
Although Mara did survive the assault on the Dreadnaught, it isn’t Mara that Uldren was seeing–it was a imaginative and prescient created by Riven, underneath the management of Savathun. Uldren ultimately opened the way in which to the Dreaming Metropolis for Savathun’s forces, earlier than the Guardian and Petra Venj tracked him down and killed him.
Uldren was later resurrected as a Guardian, who took on the identify of The Crow. Guardians do not bear in mind their previous lives, so Crow discovered himself hated and infrequently even attacked by the folks he encountered, however he had no thought why. Ultimately, within the Season of the Misplaced, Savathun restored Uldren’s recollections to Crow, and he has been grappling with Uldren’s less-than-heroic actions ever since. One of many issues the Nightmare of Uldren that Crow had been seeing aboard the Leviathan goaded him with was the truth that Crow is aware of about Uldren’s connection to Fikrul and the Scorn–who think about Uldren their “father”–but chooses to do nothing about it.
Throughout Crow’s Sever mission, we see him work to come back to phrases together with his previous as Uldren, accepting each the nice and the dangerous about his previous self so he can work towards being the sort of particular person he desires to be sooner or later. However that leaves an open query about Fikrul and the Scorn.
Proper now, the Scorn are absolutely within the thrall of the Witness, and are a number of the chief enemy forces presently dealing with humanity. That is a undeniable fact that appears to be weighing on Crow. There’s some suggestion that the Fanatic remains to be on the market, too, able to endlessly reviving himself even after Guardians kill him time and again. We could but see Crow attempt to hunt down and try to redeem Uldren’s creations.
Presage of a Leviathan to come back
In the beginning of the Past Gentle marketing campaign, Calus and the Leviathan disappeared. Quickly after, nevertheless, some proof of what he’d been as much as surfaced, within the type of a ghost ship floating derelict. The Vanguard was drawn to the Cabal ship, the Glykon Volatus, by a misery sign despatched by a Ghost. The participant Guardian boarded the Glykon within the Presage mission to research and located the ship lined in a wierd fungus known as Eregore, which was teeming with Darkness vitality.
The Vanguard quickly found that the Glykon had been overrun by Scorn, with its Cabal crew murdered. Slowly, the story got here collectively: The Glykon had been commanded by a Guardian named Katabasis, who had served Calus as his “Shadow,” a robust warrior murderer devoted to Calus’s will. The Glykon’s aim was to attempt to assist Calus make contact with the Witness as soon as once more, one thing he’d apparently managed to do whereas touring throughout his exile, however struggled with since. The loyalists on the ship introduced aboard captured Scorn, creatures created via the affect of the Darkness, in hopes that–paired with the Crown of Sorrow–they might open a communications conduit to the Witness.
At first, it did not work, and Calus was despondent. The ship then flew into the Mars Anomaly to attempt to get even nearer to the Witness. When the Past Gentle marketing campaign kicked off, Mars actually disappeared due to the affect of the Witness, together with Io, Mercury, and Titan, though one thing was left behind within the areas the planets as soon as occupied. Calus’s hope was that the proximity to the Darkness’s energy would enable him to achieve the Witness, and apparently, he was proper.
Calus disappeared after his profitable contact, however the Glykon got here again out of the Anomaly…incorrect. The ship had been twisted, its inside construction modified by unusual forces, and the folks aboard struggling unusual visions and slowly dropping their minds. Ultimately, the Scorn grew extra highly effective and broke freed from their containment. The Vanguard found Katabasis lifeless on the bridge of the ship, lined in Eregore fungus, and the Crown of Sorrow within the Glykon’s maintain. The Crown was secured–that’s the way it confirmed up within the HELM in Season of the Haunted–and clearly, Calus took what he found aboard the Glykon a step additional aboard the Leviathan. Identical to the ghost ship, the Leviathan is now lined in Eregore, a bodily, however imperfect, manifestation of Darkness.
Rise of Nightmares
Season of the Haunted is particularly about Nightmares–phantasmal manifestations of grief and remorse created via the Darkness. We first noticed these Nightmares again within the Shadowkeep enlargement on the moon, the place they had been created by a Black Fleet pyramid found buried beneath the lunar floor. In Shadowkeep, we discovered just a little about what the Nightmares are all about.
Although they appear like ghosts, Nightmares are literally an outward manifestation of psychic resonance; in different phrases, they’re kind of recollections delivered to life via Darkness vitality. On the moon, Nightmares had been created by the pyramid as a type of knee-jerk protection mechanism, and it used the lingering recollections of the various Guardians killed there previously to create the phantoms you see all around the floor. Throughout the Shadowkeep enlargement, Eris Morn was confronted by Nightmare variations of her fireteam, with whom she had descended into the moon’s Hellmouth to combat Oryx’s son, Crota. Everybody within the fireteam was killed apart from Eris, who struggled with survivor’s guilt as soon as she ultimately made it out of the Hellmouth. So the Nightmares Eris noticed weren’t actually the spirits of her comrades, however quite her guilt manifested by the pyramid.
Season of the Haunted revisits the idea of Nightmares, with the Leviathan in orbit across the moon so as to make contact with the buried pyramid. This time, the Nightmares aren’t a random protection mechanism; they’re being directed by Calus and channeled via the Leviathan. What the pyramid beforehand did routinely to guard itself, Calus is now harnessing as a weapon, and utilizing towards sure characters like Crow, Zavala, and Caiatl particularly.
Throughout the Shadowkeep enlargement, Eris discovered that the one method to dispel her Nightmares was to cope with the trauma that was creating them–well, that and a hearty serving to of Hive magic. She’s utilizing those self same methods in Season of the Haunted, enacting Hive rituals to seize free-floating Nightmares on the Leviathan and to assist the characters cope with their points to transform their private Nightmares into Recollections.
Up to now, that plan has labored. The plan of the season has been to seize and include Nightmares utilizing Hive magic, and within the Sever missions, characters have tried to come back to phrases with their private trauma, and that has reworked Nightmares into far more optimistic Recollections. Pointedly, these manifestations nonetheless exist, however they’re now not purely unfavorable. What we do not but know is what Calus is making an attempt to do with this stuff. Lore and story factors have advised that Calus’s reference to the pyramid, the Nightmares, and the Eregore fungus is making a community, a way by which he can join with one thing else–namely, it appears, the Witness. Calus hopes to transcend his physique and grow to be some harbinger of the top of the universe, serving the Witness. And in response to him, he is already merged with the Leviathan; supposedly, the total ship is now a part of Calus, and he of it, which is excellently gross and peculiar.
The previous tales of Future 2 are undoubtedly informing what is going on on in Season of the Haunted, however there’s nonetheless much more we do not know. The ultimate mission of the season appears prone to reply a number of lingering questions on Calus’s plan, however the actual head-scratcher is how this can inform upcoming seasons and the following main enlargement, Lightfall. It is honest to say that there is extra happening in Season of the Haunted than we’re conscious of, and whereas we would assume we’re stopping Calus’s plans, they undoubtedly haven’t but been absolutely revealed.
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