“Was he exiled? Did he leave willingly? Was the parting angry? Peaceful? Is he dead? Alive? In a word: yes.” “Let the heat melt your body so your soul might flow with the river of time.” “Osiris fought at the battle of Six Fronts, it’s said he seemed to be everywhere at once that day
Welcome back guardians, today we are revisiting Osiris, where I will discuss the possibility that Osiris has learnt how to time travel. However, before doing so I will provide a brief history of Osiris and his interactions with the tower.
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Let’s start with who Osiris is. Osiris is a Warlock which is reinforced by the in-game dialogue from the Shrine of Oryx, which says,
“Listen to this, from an old Warlock, Osiris”
Osiris then proceeds to speak over comms. I believe Osiris is of the Human race as reinforced by the Osiris grimoire card where Saint-14 refers to him as a man, it reads,
“the Concordat claimed to have records proving you were a Golden Age experiment mis-incarnated as a human by an inept Ghost. Saint-14 assured me you were just a man without much patience for obfuscation.”
I assume that “man” is a reference to the human race, and if he was awoken or an exo, he would be referred to as a male awoken or male exo.
Osiris was also potentially the apprentice to the Speaker. This is not confirmed however the Bond of the Exile item description and the Osiris grimoire card seem to imply that the Speaker wanted Osiris as an apprentice.
The Osiris grimoire card appears to be the dialogue of the Speaker and reads,
“I watched as you grew tired of strike missions and the gruelling, unproductive sessions with the Cryptarchs. That was when I took you under my wing. I saw our future in you. But your curiosity was voracious—“
The Bond of the Exile reads,
“They who entered the Speaker’s chambers as master and apprentice were bitter rivals when they left.” —Brother Vance
The fact the Brother Vance, a disciple of Osiris is recalling the Speaker having an apprentice, coupled with the Osiris grimoire card where the speaker, “takes him under his wing”, seems to suggest that at one stage Osiris was the apprentice to the speaker.
If you are happy to assume that this is true and that the Speaker and Osiris are now bitter rivals, the in-game dialogue of Brother Vance is quite damming. He says this in reference to Osiris,
“He is the one true Speaker, who knows that the Traveler will never speak again.”
“Ask yourself, what would you do if it was proven the Speaker was a charlatan?”
“I follow Osiris, not the Speaker. Do you know his legend?”
What makes the speculation that the Speaker and Osiris were once master and apprentice, even more interesting, is that Osiris had many followers, and was supported with extreme loyalty. SO we have a very interesting dynamic with the Speaker is trying to hold the city together, with Osiris building a following of guardians that ideologically share a very different view point, Guardians that were not happy with just being told to go and fight without clear purpose. This division between those who support Osiris and the Speaker is reinforced by the
Osiris grimoire card, which reads,
“When debate became argument, and argument became acrimony, I realized you had already become a cult of personality, attracting Guardians who wanted a clear idea of why they were fighting, what they faced, and how they would ultimately win.”
The Trials of Osiris card compares Osiris to Toland, but unlike Toland, Osiris was actually liked by guardians inspiring the Osiris Cult.
The Card reads,
“Unlike solitary Toland, Osiris left a network of acolytes and admirers who carry on his work.”
The Trials of Osiris gear reinforces that the is still honoured in the city,
The Pariah Bond says
“I wear his symbols proudly in the City, to remind them that Osiris is not truly gone.” —Fractal Scrolls
The Echo of Honor says,
“For he was once of your City, and honored there.” —Fractal Scrolls
The Greaves of Exile says,
“Many followed him when he left—if not with their feet, then with their hearts.” —Fractal Scrolls
Osiris was not only gifted in convincing guardians of his believes, or his prophecies, of establishing a Cult but he was also talented in combat. Osiris fought alongside Saint-14 at the Battle of Six Fronts, and appeared to be so invaluable that Saint-14 made a recommendation for him to be Vanguard Commander.
The Osiris card reads,
“You were a mighty warrior. I watched you at Six Fronts, and heeded the call of Saint-14 to appoint you Vanguard Commander, even when the Concordat claimed to have records proving you were a Golden Age experiment mis-incarnated as a human by an inept Ghost.”
What made Osiris, so valuable during this Battle? A battle that is more commonly remembered as the success of four orders of Titans who defended the city on six fronts?? Well, Brother Vance says something extremely interesting, he says,
“Osiris fought at the battle of Six Fronts, it’s said he seemed to be everywhere at once that day.”
Is this the first documentation of Osiris time traveling or control over multiple realities. It was the first major battle and defence of the city, and how fitting that Osiris was presented, a warlock obsessed with Vex, seemingly appearing everywhere all at once, to assist with the victory. The Titans may have stolen the glory that day but I do question how much their success relied upon Osiris’s presence.
Whatever happened on that day, Osiris vanished sometime after. It is often said that Osiris was exiled from the Tower, however this is not really the best description. I do believe that Osiris voluntarily left the Tower after the Battle of Six Fronts. The Trials of Osiris card reads,
“The Warlock Osiris vanished into exile years ago.”
The Shrine of Oryx grimoire card reads,
“Though Osiris has vanished, his prophecies and parables offer undeniable insight”
Both these cards seem to imply that Osiris choose to left, personally I love the use of the word vanish as it inspires a sense time traveling, similar to how we see the Exo Stranger vanish into thin air. Also supporting the theory that Osiris left on his own volition is that the Speaker actually still wants to speak with Osiris, the Osiris grimoire card reads,
“Perhaps you are still out there. If this reaches you, I would very much like to speak with you, to hear your theories in your own words.”
If Osiris was exiled from the tower in a more typical fashion, I doubt the Speaker would want to still see him. Why did Osiris choose to leave the Tower, without doubt he was causing unrest, in the Osiris card the Speaker says this,
I admit, I found your questions divisive and disloyal, and I feared you might be capable of breaking our unity when the City’s position had grown so tenuous. Why divert attention away from the Traveler, our only hope?
Your quest split Guardians along ideological lines. This was your greatest crime: Hunters chose to pursue your visions instead of protecting refugees, Titans assembled teams to chase the legendary Vault of Glass instead of striking the Fallen, and Warlocks turned away from the study of the Traveler in favor of your ultimate obsession… learning the exact nature of the Darkness.
Did Osiris think that his teachings would be more harmful to the City and left for that reason, we don’t really know, however I do believe that Osiris had another reasoning for leaving, he left to pursue a greater power, an ability, an ascension, enlightenment, a greater understanding of the light and potential the secrets of Vex time travel. Similar to how Toland was obsessed with the Hive and met with Ir Yut the deathsinger, only to be killed and join the hive overworld. The Ghost Fragment: The Hellmouth description of Toland as follows:
“Now I fly between green-black suns in the labyrinth beyond Crota’s god-star. This is the Overworld, the Sea of Screams, where the throne-universes of the great Hive fester in eternal majesty. I move among them. I map the shapes and connections of this world.”
I believe Osiris has achieved something similar but with the Vex. He has found a way to access the Vex system and time travel. Have a listen to these Trials of Osiris item descriptions.
“He bathed in the sun’s light, and it burned away his fear, and his hope.” —Parables of the Allspring
Draught of Nectar
“Does one life across infinite realities equal immortal life?” —Parables of the Allspring
Plate of the Exile
“Let the heat melt your body so your soul might flow with the river of time.” —Parables of the Allspring
Winged Sun Greaves
“Feet alone cannot take us to where we’re going.” —Parables of the Allspring
“Light burns. Light heals. Light blinds. Light reveals.” —Parables of the Allspring
These items have element, a feel, of ascension, of understanding the true power of the light, removing the physical self and allowing you flow through the river of time. If you stand around long enough to listen to Brother Vance, he also implies that Osiris and his disciples have become something more.
“I was once a Guardian, like yourself, but now I am on a different path.”
“I began as a Guardian, I left to follow a different path. Perhaps you will too one day.”
“What a strange place to find myself. What a strange time.”
I don’t think it is coincidence that the Vex are a time-traveling liquid race, I don’t think it coincidence that Osiris speaks about melting the physical body to flow through the River of time. In Atheon’s grimoire card, the Vex are thought to
“transcend a physical substrate, and move their thoughts directly into the fundament of the universe.”
I believe Osiris has discovered the true nature of the light, he understands like Ulan-tan that light is connected across space and time, and understanding the nature of light and manipulation of light, he can travel between timelines like the Vex do.
Osiris may have learnt this technique from the Vex or he may just be pigging backing off the Vex network and technology to allow him to do this. Osiris’s last known location may hold some clues. In the Legend: Saint-14 grimoire card Saint-14 and the Speaker have this conversation:
“No, not this time. I have word that Osiris was seen on Mercury. The Caloris Basin. He’s turned his mind back to the Vex.” “Mercury? Too many channels to know. You activate one, you start to feed its veins. He threatens our peace.” “Your duty, my son. You must never forget.” “I cannot.” The Ghost killed the feed and waited for its Guardian’s words. “Ghost, prepare my Vex arsenal and plot a course for Mercury. That old man is about to wake up hell.”
You should remember Caloris Basin, as two PvP maps are set within this sector on Mercury. Vertigo and Icarus. The Ghost Fragment: Vertigo card documents a conversation between a Guardian and a unknown warlock. It reads,
“[u1:01] Nobody knows what this place is. Not “on the record,” anyway. But I was talking to a Warlock the other night and he started rambling on about Mercury and Vex and some mad “quantum-theory, space-time simulation running beneath a randomized pattern of Vex math and meant to gauge Light and… uh… aggressive refractive something-something.”
And the Icarus grimoire card reads,
“The Golden Age technology at this location remains intact, harnessing energy from the sun and converting it to Solar Light. The Vanguard has denied petitions from the various weapon foundries of the City to research the solar farm (and the resources it continues to collect) until the Warlock orders have finished their surveys”
I believe these two cards support my theory that Osiris was trying to gain a better understanding of the light, the true of the light, leveraging the solar farms on Icarus and pigging backing off the Vex technology sprawled across mecury, manipulating light to access to the Vex network and time travel.
Osiris peered into the future, it was no coincidence that he was there at the Battle of Six Fronts, the first major defense of the City, it was no coincidence that he was there warning the Queen of the Reef Mara Sov about Oryx, the greatest threat to the City and the universe, he had already seen these events occur, he came into our timeline to provide warning and assistance to ensure we were victorious.
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