Destiny’s Story – Deception?

Published on: Sep 28, 2014 @ 12:35

The story of Destiny is one that you create, and each individual mission is a story within itself. Bungie has built an enormous world with deep lore that they don’t necessarily want you discovering all of within a matter of only days.

Destiny is simply a palette for guardians to adventure and explore. Even with this enigmatic setting, though, you still find a story unfolding. Killworthy Gaming, now partnered with (soon to be, has an excellent overview of Destiny’s story so far.

Video: The Story so Far

A Theory

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, a player overheard a Fallen enemy say “The Darkness!” as the player attacked him. On Reddit, user EveningTGI replied to this discovery saying:

“Maybe the Traveler has been to their worlds and caused great destruction. Maybe he needed a new army, we think we fight for the light but we are actually making the universe a much darker place. The Speaker has always seemed like a shady guy to me. It’s an interesting point of view.”

Reddit user monsterpants goes on to note that while the Guardians are given class names that sound vaguely villainous, the enemies are called things like Knights and Wizards which have generally heroic connotations.

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To expand on the idea, there are almost no humans left when we arrive in the world of Destiny. All we see is the Tower, one last refuge that seems to solely exists to outfit and aid Guardians in their quest to help the Traveler. Could it be because everyone else is dead other than the Guardians and those who help them, and they’re being used as a weapon by the Traveler to wipe out all other forms of life in the system? Could the “collapse” that wiped out most of mankind been initiated by the Traveler itself. The majority of the Speaker’s body is usually in shadow, is that intentional?

The Black Garden Grimoire card gives us insight

This is the vision I had when I leapt from the Shores of Time and let myself sink:

I walked beneath the blossoms. The light came from ahead and the shadows of the flowers were words. They said things but I will not write them here.

At the end of the path grew a flower in the shape of a Ghost. I reached out to pluck it and it cut me with a thorn. I bled and the blood was Light.

The Ghost said to me: You are a dead thing made by a dead power in the shape of the dead. All you will ever do is kill. You do not belong here. This is a place of life.

The Traveler is life, I said. You are a creature of Darkness. You seek to deceive me.

But I looked behind me, down the long slope where the blossoms tumbled in the warm wind and the great trees wept sap like blood or wine, and I felt doubt.

When my Ghost raised me from the sea there was a thorn-cut in my left hand and it has not healed since.

Are we being deceived?

The Bible describes Satan as an “angel of light” and a “lightbringer.” Bungie’s past history in Halo with the “Ark” and the “Flood,” along with them using Guilty Spark to deceive players, makes the theory that we’re being ‘used’ even more plausible.

Players are able to easily wield darkness-infused weapons, which clearly draw on dark energy for their power, such as Thorn.

Again, please check out this article where we talked about this in greater detail; it’s all just speculation at this point. As we mentioned in that article, Master Chief was called a “Demon” and this could easily explain the Fallen’s alleged remark. I don’t think Bungie wants to give us any easy explanations though, and would prefer to keep people guessing and thinking about what’s going to unfold.

In The Dark Grimoire card, we can see that the Binary Star cult doesn’t have the most popular opinion about the Traveler.

“Certain positions – often labeled heretical – imply that the Traveler itself triggered the Collapse, or that it knew the Darkness was coming for it and hoped to use the Solar System as a sacrifice or a proxy army.”

It seems the Trinary Star cult is another group that’s displeased with the Traveler.

It’s a beginning

The Story has just begun. The adventures you have with your guardian will be small seeds to much larger stories that will uncover countless secrets prevalent within the world of Destiny. How will we earn Rasputin’s trust? What will happen to the House of Winter now that it has no Kell? What will the Queen require of us? What was their ulterior motive in us destroying the heart of the Black Garden?

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What do you all think?

Did Bungie drop the ball or is Activision forcing them to hold content back? Many people, despite the fun they have in Destiny, share the sentiment that future content does not excuse a lack of content today.


Check out if you’d like to talk to others about Destiny in a friendly and welcoming community! :)

  • Ahmad Auditore

    you really have a great website and a great Facebook page (y) keep it up 🙂

  • Patrick F. Flynn, Jr.

    Nice partnership, and congratulations! Have been reading Destiny News and following KillworthyGaming’s videos.
    Thank you for your work.

  • Michael Gyapong

    Id like to see a video that goes deep into the grimoire cards and the meaning behind each story. Its gets deep from what ive heard. But i dont know if people will be into reading about it. I” lazy and would Rather watch a well edited and narrated youtube video like this.

  • keefer

    They may have a story but it has the same problem the rest of destiny has. There’s no connection to the player. What will happen to the house of winter? Well who cares? I didn’t kill the kell so that i could write my story out and wonder at the future. I simply got a bounty.
    What will the queen require of me? Well that’s where I got the bounty… for a 4th time.
    I have no connection to my own character so why the hell would what the story says or the queen wants be of any value beyond its necessity to gear. All of destiny suffers from the same thing, a lack of connection that allows individual parts to matter. This applies to gear and the social connectivity all the way down to Mr Peter D. Bungie can have as many plans for the story in the future as they want but the problem will remain the same. It doesn’t matter. Until they bridge that gap between the player and destiny the story will continue to be like chicken noodle soup without chicken or noodles.

    • k.b.a.

      I care…

  • Wisdom Thumbs

    I’d like to blame Activision, but it’s unlikely Bungie is even close to blameless in this.

  • Toh Tohs

    The story base is fine. There is no changing needed. But Traditional MMO games like WoW give the player a feeling that what they’re doing, progressively changes the world around them. You can see this in the clash between Horde and Alliance. There is a story. But the player was allowed to choose the side they wanted to fight for.
    Destiny is just destiny. You are just a Guardian. The only separation between people is their race, class, and faction type. But even then you can max out all of them if you want to. Cryptarch is the only “Skill” in the game. No weapons craft or armor craft. Why ? While the content is good, and I very much enjoy playing, those small things that MMO players are find a lack of is what will drive them to search for a more traditional MMO to play. Free to play or not, we all are required to have Xbox Gold or PSN Paid in order to play together.
    While the intention for it to be great is there, it has too many gaps and too many spots that are empty. Look at the tower. It is a huge place. There are crevices everywhere, but the longest parts are the walk-ways. that lead into HUGE places. that have 4 vendors who recycle the same items weekly.
    Overall I love the game, but if they’re going to market its as a “Shared World Shooter” IE this is borderlands, an MMO and Skyrim… Give it the depth its expected to have. Ever Fable has more options and its not even that huge of a deal. Just my opinion

    • k.b.a.

      Do you have any doubt that it will be given time? I don’t think there is any denying that the largest amount of work went into the workings of the seamless shared private and public play sessions on each planet. That work is done and can be refined. What comes next I ddi believe will be great, which not many things wmwhich require this much work are out of the gate

  • k.b.a.

    I want to know what the vanguard dare is!! The story and its presentation albeit the supposedly hastily put together version is wonderful imo. This article puts it great as well. The only issue with others is they can’t accept I as it and by extension what it will be. Different from most things they’ve experiences before. I wont say its the best of both worlds or that its the best implementation of the good parts of both fps(actions games) and mmo but I will say that I have faith that it just may become that. I’m willing to stick around on that road. The trip has been great so far.

  • Christopher Watson

    In the process of completing the bounty for Thorn, you actually purify the darkness inside of it, so that kinda kills that point. Still an interesting take, but I think that what we call the Darkness (Fallen, Hive, Cabal, Vex) just think of us as the evil ones since no one thinks of themselves as evil. They probably consider themselves crusaders for their cause.