The story of Rasputin won’t truly be understood until you dig into Destiny’s Grimoire, and even then it’s a bit of a mystery.
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Bearing an old name from a time long ago, Rasputin is the last of the Warminds, AI designed to handle and coordinate the defense of the solar system through the use of satellites and doomsday weapons.
The legendary Warminds stood watch over our Golden Age colonies. When the Collapse struck, the great Warminds fought and died. Rasputin fell with them… or so history believed.
Perhaps unique amongst his sisters and brothers, Rasputin was given an enormous amount of authority, as evidenced by an alert issued by Rasputin when the Darkness was first encountered, where the Warmind could assume control over all the defensive assets in the solar system.
As the Darkness waged its war upon humanity, Rasputin slowly became the last surviving Warmind, fighting the Darkness with every weapon ever conceived by Golden Age technologies at the gate of the Black Garden. It was all to no avail though, as the Darkness proved too powerful, even more so than whatever entity was responsible for overlooking the Black Garden which Rasputin acknowledged to be more powerful than himself.
And so, the Darkness prevailed over Rasputin, but unlike his brothers and sisters, he was made to win against the unbeatable and to learn. And learn he did, casting off the defense of the solar system and allowing billions to die in an effort to survive, learning from the very thing that it was supposed to destroy.
It was only until recently that Rasputin was found again, and with the activation of the Array station in the Cosmodrone, he spread his influence over the solar system once again, reactivating military installations and weapons that have been dormant since the Collapse.
On Mars for example, a Hunter bore witness to a battle between Vex and Cabal forces that ended with a demonstration of Rasputin’s former might, where both sides were wiped out from orbit, Minotaurs, Cabal defensive installations, everything, leaving only the Hunter to ponder over what will come next. And though they came from different times, the Hunter questions if she remembers the Warmind and vice versa.
Though Rasputin is mighty, and the fact that he survived brings hope to the Vanguard, his return is one that is not celebrated by all. Cayde and others wonder what exactly Rasputin learned during the Collapse, and what his true intentions are.
The Hive know the power of Rasputin, they’ve fought him on many fronts. I’ll continue to monitor the Warmind’s efforts, but be careful of its motives. Not every ally shares our goals. Rasputin might have survived the Collapse, but at what cost to the rest of us?” – Eris Morn
While the Cabal mill about in the Dust Palace and attempt to dissect Rasputin’s systems on Mars, Cayde brings up his own theory, that Rasputin realized that he was once a servant, an instrument of war bound to the will of a lesser master, but now he has learned to be something more.