Lady Efrideet was one of the most prominent characters. She once threw Saladin like a javelin into a Fallen Walker—a City favorite retold for centuries. How she met her end is less clear, but the tales agreed that Efrideet had long ago died her final death.
Until she returned.
Welcome back guardians, Today we are discussing Efrideet, the once Iron Lord who returned to take Saladin’s role as the Iron Banner vendor. Today we will discuss some general lore surrounding Efrideet, the events that occurred up until her disappearance, the reason why she left the Iron Lords and speculation on who she may be with? In researching this video, I stumbled up and amazing lore video about Efrideet, I highly recommend checking out Beard_Grizzly’s lore video, honestly, he only has 500 subs please go and double that. Link is in the description.
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Let’s start with some general lore about Efrideet before trying to answer the question, why Efrideet left? Efideet is considered to be a Hunter as indicated by her skills in sniping. Efrideet’s Spear reads,
“A sharpshooter’s weapon forged in fire by the Lords of the Iron Banner”
Efrideet’s Eye reads,
“Every time she pulled the trigger, an enemy of the City died”
and lastly The Distant Star which reads,
“Forged in honor of Efrideet, she whose watchful eye guarded us from afar”.
Whilst it appears that Efrideet could adequately protect the Iron Lords from a distance with her sniper rifle, she also was not afraid to get up close and personal, demonstrating immense strength and ferocity. This is demonstrated in the Lady Jolder grimoire card, when the Iron lords challenge the Warlord Rience to single combat. Jolder is set to face Rience in single combat I assume in order to claim the Warlord’s territory, and both Saladin and Efrideet volunteer as seconds. I am not too sure why they have seconds in single combat, however it seems that the second would step in in the event of Jolder’s death. The card reads,
“Perun leaned against the doorframe. “Saladin and Efrideet both volunteered to be your second.” “Hm.” Jolder took a pair of gauntlets out of the chest and put them on. “Saladin’s better at staying calm under pressure.” “We need a second, it’s ‘cause you’re dead. No one will be calm.” “Right. Efrideet, then. She fights better when she’s angry.”
So it seems that Efrideet not only knows how to handle a sniper rifle but can hold her own in single combat. In addition, stories have been told of Efrideet throwing Saladin like a javelin. The Lady Efrideet card reads,
“In the tales of the Iron Lords, Lady Efrideet was one of the most prominent characters. She once threw Saladin like a javelin into a Fallen Walker—a City favorite retold for centuries.”
Let’s now talk about Efrideet’s so called “disappearance”. The Game Informer article that covered Rise of Iron’s release, refers to Efrideet’s departure from the Iron Lords as a disappearance. The Lady Skorri grimoire card may in fact reference this disappearance. Lady Skorri is writing the Iron song in the card and says
“This would be a lot easier if you all had run your names by me before you got ’em.” Skorri puts the pen in her teeth and crumples up a piece of paper. It joins dozens of others on the floor. Keeps muttering to herself. “Felwinter. Radegast. Gheleon. Hell, even Efrideet, not that she’s likely to get a verse now. Haven’t seen her in weeks, anyway. Bunch of dactyls, all of you.”
Skorri mentions that she has not seen Efrideet in weeks, this could be hinting at the last time that Efrideet was seen by the Iron Lords. If this is in fact true, that would mean that Efrideet never fought SIVA with the other Iron Lords at the SIVA replication complex. This would make sense, because Lord Saladin says that only 9 iron lords made it to the SIVA replication complex.
After departing the Iron Lords, Efrideet obviously made no contact with anyone known to the Tower because she is assumed dead. Tyra Karn says this,
“Do you have any idea how much scholarship will have to be revisited now that Efrideet is alive? Goodness, the archival revisions alone… But why won’t she discuss the circumstances of her mysterious departure? She seems quite eager to overshare on every other topic.”
The lady Efrideet card also reinforces that she was presumed dead due to a lack of contact with anyone from the tower, it reads,
“How she met her end is less clear, but the tales agreed that Efrideet had long ago died her final death. Until she returned. ”
Shiro-4 reinforces why she was presumed dead, saying that he was surprised Efrideet and her group could remain hidden for so long. He says,
“I heard rumours about Guardians running away to the outer rim. Dissenters, bug-huggers, pacifists. Never gave it much thought. Surprised people like that could’ve stayed hidden this long.”
However, despite Efrideet’s secret departure and ability to remain hidden, I do think that the Iron Banner text hints that Saladin was aware of Efrideet’s plans, even if the Iron Lords were not. The Iron Banner dialogue reads
“The Iron Banner tournament returns. But this time, another will guide you in my place: Lady Efrideet. When Last we parted, centuries ago. I thought I would never see her again. But I will let her tell you that story.”
The way that Saladin talks about Efrideet it seems like her separation from the Iron Lords was not a surprise to him, “last we parted” maybe Efrideet discussed her plans of leaving the Iron Lords with Saladin. In addition, during the Efrideet cut scene, Saladin did not seem very surprised to see Efrideet when everyone expected her death, he only says,
“The statues are for the dead”
“And I always hoped that you were not among them”.
Using the information, we do have, if I were to summarize Efrideet’s departure from the Iron Lords, my best guess would be, that she left prior to the events with the SIVA replication chamber, she did not tell anyone about her plans with the exception of Saladin (who kept it secret), she had zero contact with anyone known to the Tower, remained very well hidden and therefore presumed dead.
Ok, now lets move on to why she left. There is myriad of in game text, dialogue and mission descriptions that provide clues to why Efrideet left. Firstly, it is confirmed that she joined a group of guardians at an unknown location. The Lady Efrideet card reads,
“The Vanguard are also intrigued by Efrideet’s accounts of a nonmilitary Guardian community in the deep system, but Efrideet, though happy to talk about the group’s pacifist philosophies, refuses to disclose the settlement’s location at present.”
The location in this card says it is somewhere in the deep system and the Iron Banner mission text also refers to it as the outer system. It reads,
“Now I have a whole family of Guaridans in the outer system who believe the same. And before you ask, no, I won’t tell you who they are, or where.”
Shiro also refers to it as the Outer Rim.
I am not too sure whether the reference to the outer system is a reference to what is described as the outer planets, which include Jupiter and Saturn. If so, this would be extremely interesting, as we suspect the Nine also inhabit this area, as they are referred to as rulers of the Jovian Colonies. Beard_grizzle also has a great explanation of this area and recommend checking out his lore video.
It appears that Lady Efrideet left to join this group of pacifist guardians to learn how to use the light in ways other than combat. The group is described as pacifists and there is a myriad of other references that reinforces that the use light for purposes other than combat.
The Iron banner mission description reads,
“Remember, light is so much more than just a weapon”
“If you ever seek to learn other ways of light, perhaps one day I will take you to my new home and show you”.
The Iron Arsenal bounty reads,
“Out beyond the walls, we use what we have to defend ourselves. No matter the weapon, we find a way.” —Lady Efrideet.
If you stand long enough next to Efrideet she also says,
“The Traveler’s gifts extend far beyond just weapons”
“Light is far more than a weapon. I learned that the hard way”. This is quite the contrast from the once skilled Hunter that never missed a shot and could hurl Saladin like a javelin at a fallen walker.
Despite not using the light as a weapon, Efrideet makes it quite clear that she still serves the light, maybe she does not serve the traveler, but she serves the light. She says,
“I am Efrideet. Once I was an Iron Lord. Then… after many years of searching, I found other ways to serve the Light.”
It is possible that Efrideet understands this cosmic war between the light and the dark better than anyone and realises that combat will never end this war, in fact combat only reinforces Oryx’s philosophy, even in his death, the philosophy of the deep, the darkness, killing to prove you are part of the final universe, creating the final universe through killing, is not the way of the light. The light can never succeed through killing and maybe this is what the pacifists seek, a way to end the war between the light and dark without combat.
How could this be possible, I can’t help but think that this is linked with Osiris. Have a listen the Mantle of Efirdeet which reads,
“Stand in the fire until there is nothing left to burn away.”
Sound familiar, it is extremely familiar to the Osiris cult teachings seen in the Parables of the Allspring. The Plate of the Exile reads,
“Let the heat melt your body so your soul might flow with the river of time.” —Parables of the Allspring.
The Sun Current reads,
“He bathed in the sun’s light, and it burned away his fear, and his hope.” —Parables of the Allspring,
The Watchers’ Boots reads,
“Light burns. Light heals. Light blinds. Light reveals.” —Parables of the Allspring.
Not to mention the similarities between the Trials artefact, Transcendent Eye and the Hunter artefact, Efrideet’s Eye.
Is this group of guardians, based in the outer system, connected with the Osiris cult, are they using light in other ways, maybe taught to them by Osiris, are they trying to access the Vex gate system to end the cosmic war?
That concludes this latest destiny lore episode. Let me sure this talented artist, Brandon McCamey. This piece depicts Lord Saladin, the sole survivor, the last remaining Iron Lord, that was until Efrideet returned. Links to Brandon’s art page is in the description below.
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