Rezyl Azzir was a man. In time his kind would be called Titan. Mountains of muscle and might and metal. His collar was fur and teeth. His person clad in ornate, golden-etched plating, trophies upon his shoulders. This was before the City was The City. This is before the walls. Still in the shadow of the fragile giant above, but before.
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Lets begin with the grimoire card, Rezyl Azzir, before these walls. As you heard in the intro it reads, “In time his kind would be called Titan”. This implies that Rezyl Azzir was one of the very first Titans. It means that he even predates the Titan Orders that defended the City at the Battle of Six Fronts. The next paragraph continues by saying, “This was before the City was The City” and that it was “before the walls”.
If you look at Destiny’s timeline, we had the Golden Age, which lasted for centuries, followed by the collapse, and consequently the Dark Age, which eventually subsided leading to the City Age. The timelines for these ‘ages’ are very blurred and the City Age card reads,
“When did the City Age begin? Perhaps when the bulk of the world’s survivors lived beneath the Traveler, rather than in the wilderness. Or when the Titans raised the first wall. Or at Six Fronts, when the City first faced coordinated, overwhelming attack – and repelled it decisively.”
Despite not knowing the exact timeline, when the Rezyl Azzir grimoire card says “before the walls” it implies that these events occurred in the late Dark Age and/or at the very beginning of the City Age.
Consequently, you could argue that Rezyl Azzir may not necessarily be the first Guardian, he could be but it is not guaranteed. This is because Ghosts were created immediately after the Traveler was crippled, at the very beginning of the Dark Age and surely a Guardian was created that even pre-dates Rezyl Azzir. This is reinforced by the Dark Age grimoire card which reads,
“From the deep black came the Awoken, their eyes haunted. Exos marched in the refugee columns, cloaked in moss and shattered memories. And among them came the Ghosts, beginning their search.”
So why do people refer to Rezyl Azzir as the first Guardian, well, this grimoire card makes a clear distinction between Guardians and a group known as The Risen.
The card reads,
“Great, powerful men and women, The Risen, stood at the Factions’ sides. Protection. Enforcers. Misused possibility. Misery crept into this false paradise. Yet hope lingered. Seeing the cracks in this society born beneath the giant’s fractured shell, some among The Risen challenged the dissolution of all that could be. They would no longer serve as instruments of oppression. They would be more. Thus began an unnecessary war made necessary by greed, ambition… fear. And, in the chaos of this struggle, came the scavengers — aliens with appetites. A common enemy. In the end, the scavengers were repelled and the Factions fell, their grip broken, though their beliefs remained. This was the earliest days of the Guardians, when might found purpose. Prosperity was in reach.”
It appears that the Risen are the original Guardians, before they were united in a common goal. There are a number of grimoire cards and items descriptions that in fact hint at this original group. The Ghost Fragment: Titan grimoire card reads,
“A Ghost without a Guardian. I remember when I was risen, you know. When I woke in that wreckage, to see my Ghost hovering there, its light in my eyes, like an angel.” The New Monarchy Warlock Bond, “The Risen Ones”, reads, “What rules us is our service to the greater welfare of the City.” And lastly, you may not have noticed, however when you create a new Titan, you start with “Mark of the Risen”.
Whilst these cards and items confirm that the Original Guardians are referred to as the Risen, it also makes the obvious connection that the name, “The Risen” was given because the members were resurrected from the dead. Even though, the Rezyl’s grimoire cards does not describe his original death, it is implied that he is part of the Risen and therefore must have died at some stage. We do not know of Rezyl’s previous life, however there is definitely some intrigue within the card, he almost has this royal appearance with “ornate, golden-etched plating” upon his shoulders, as well as fur and teeth which he wore as trophies, potential hinting at his power and success on the battlefield. One can also not see a comparison with Lord Shaxx’s appearance.
Whilst we do not know of Rezyl’s previous life, the grimoire card provides some descriptions of The Risen… and they are not positive. The Risen were initially enforcers for the Factions and acted as “instruments of oppression”. Consequently, this card also appears to reference the Faction Wars. Initially, I thought that timeline was too early to be referencing the Faction Wars, however the lore does seem to match.
The grimoire card quite accurately describes what we know to be the end of the Faction Wars. That is, Guardians rising up and ending the conflict between the Factions. It reads,
“Seeing the cracks in this society born beneath the giant’s fractured shell, some among The Risen challenged the dissolution of all that could be. They would no longer serve as instruments of oppression. They would be more. In the end, the scavengers were repelled and the Factions fell, their grip broken, though their beliefs remained. This was the earliest days of the Guardians, when might found purpose. Prosperity was in reach.”
This can be directly compared to the Factions grimoire card which reads,
“They’ve done more good than harm. By most calculations. In the City’s earliest days, various factions vied for the hearts and minds of the refugee masses. Power struggles threatened to shatter an already tenuous existence. The following conflicts, known as the Faction Wars, brought the City to its knees. When the chaos grew intolerable, a gathering of Guardians fought to end the conflict. The new peace brought a new order: the City Consensus and the Speaker ruled together, and the surviving great factions worked through civil channels to pursue their agendas.”
So the Risen, left their respective Factions, helped form the Consensus and I believe at this point they were no longer referred to as The Risen but as Guardians.
The grimoire card implies that Rezyl was leader during this movement and hence why he is often described as the first Guardian. However, I think it is more technically correct to describe him as ONE of the first Guardians, remembering that a group of The Risen ended the Faction Wars.
Then again, maybe Rezyl deserves an even greater title than Guardian, as he appears to have more power than the rest. The card reads,
“Rezyl had been a champion of these wars. A leader. Against the alien pirates he had been more. If the giant wasn’t a God, then maybe Rezyl was.” The card even makes an effort to separate Rezyl from your standard Guardian, it reads, “As the first walls formed — built of hard work and sacrifice — Rezyl AND the Guardians stood against the alien plunderers time and again. More survivors arrived. More warriors.”
What I believe separated Rezyl Azzir from other Guardians, is that he was very competent in controlling light and using it as a weapon, in fact he may have been the very first Striker Titan. The Rezyl Azzir, War without End, grimoire card reinforces this. It describes multiple battles beyond the Wall led by Rezyl, including ambushing the House of Devils, protecting settlements that existed outside the City Walls and what appears to be the first documentation of a Striker’s fist of Havoc.
In the card, Rezyl attempts to take on a Fallen ketch single headedly, he orders his ghost to remain hidden and Rezyl allows himself to be killed by the Fallen. With the fall of this mighty Titan, the Fallen Kell exits the ketch to claim his prize, the Kell picks up Rezyl’s limp body in victory, surrounded by Fallen forces.
The card continues,
“Rezyl’s Ghost darted low through the crowd. He didn’t like Rezyl’s plan, but now he understood it. Distracted by their Kell’s triumph, the Ghost’s presence went unnoticed until a beam of light swept over Rezyl’s body. The mood shifted instantly, cheers turning to ravenous shouts. The Kell’s gaze fell to the Ghost as the beam faded. The circle began to collapse — the Fallen set to pounce. As the Kell moved to toss Rezyl aside, cold steel met the underside of the alien marauder’s jaw, followed by a red flash as Rezyl pulled his cannon’s trigger. Ether spewed in an angry geyser and the Kell’s grip loosened. Rezyl hit the ground and unloaded five more rounds into the Fallen leader’s torso. The monster dropped. Frenzied, the Kell’s crew closed in like a flood. Rezyl’s Ghost lifted above the fray, frantic, “Now! Now! Now!” In one motion, Rezyl rose from a crouch, his fists clenched and raised high as a storm of Arc Light built within him, his full might raining down on the Kell’s chest. The shockwave of Rezyl’s attack hit like a meteor, shattering the Kell’s body and any Fallen within the Havoc storm’s radius. The remaining Fallen staggered, knocked back and dazed. Rezyl triggered his Sparrow. His Ghost flew to his side, “We leaving?” “Before that Ketch opens up on us.” Rezyl punched the throttle as the Fallen crew opened fire. “Let’s never do that again,” his Ghost pleaded.
Without dought, Rezyl Azzir stands amongst the other Titan legends, Jolder, Radegast, Silimar, Saint-14, Kabr, Ouros, Lord Saladin, Lord Shax, Commander Zavala and the Titan Orders, yet his story is not yet finished, his death not yet documented, his whereabouts unknown, that is if he even still lives.
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