Welcome back guardians. When it comes to Destiny lore, there are still many things that I struggle to understand, one is the story of the Exo, the second is the Black Garden, however that has been improved with some information from the Book of Sorrows and the third is Rasputin.
The main reason why Rasputin’s story is confusing is that many of the grimoire cards are written in code in order to simulate a transmission-like text from Rasputin. Rasputin’s story is scattered throughout many grimoire cards, however in order to understand the basics, to find out exactly what happened to Rasputin and the Traveler during the collapse and potentially answer the question is the Traveler evil? I am only going to use three cards, all which are messages directly from Rasputin. These include; Ghost Fragment: Darkness, Ghost Fragment: Rasputin 3 and Ghost Fragment: Rasputin 5.
Rasputin is also known as a Warmind. Warminds are artificial intelligences that were created during the Golden Age and we capable of coordinating defenses of whole planets. They had the ability to use satellite-like weaponry of great destructive power.
As you likely know, it was thought that all the Warminds were lost during the Collapse after the arrival of the Darkness. However, very early on in Destiny’s storyline, it is revealed that Rasputin is active however appears to be in a dormant state and unresponsive to the City’s outreach.
The Ghost Fragment: Darkness is the first transmission we see from Rasputin. It alerts all defensive assets (which I assume include the other Warminds and satellites) to the discovery of an unknown force, presumably the darkness, considering the title of the card, which we know now is the same as the Deep from the Book of Sorrows. However, I think it could also be agents of the Darkness like the Worms and Oryx, rather than the Darkness itself.
The Warmind satellites detect an event which cannot be explained. Basically something is happening within their solar system and they are unsure of what it is. The card reads
“Event footprint includes sterile neutrino scattering and gravity waves. Omnibus analysis detects deep structure information content (nine sigma) and internal teleonomy.”
If you are anything like me and have zero background in physics this statement means nothing, however a brief search of these words and the phrase can be deciphered. Sterile Neutrino is a hypothetical particle that interacts with gravity only and none of the other fundamental interactions, i.e. electromagnetic, strong nuclear and weak nuclear. In laymen terms, it is saying, we have got something a bit odd here, we have got particles that are not obeying our standard fundamental laws.
The next word, omnibus, has a couple of different meanings, one meaning means to deal with multiple objects or items at once. So I assume when they say, omnibus analysis, they just mean they analyzed lots of things all at once. And after completing this analysis, they identified something was there, internal teleonomy. Teleonomy is the quality of purposefulness and goal directedness of structures and functions in living organisms.
So the simplified version of this paragraph is,
“hey everybody, we have got something strange on our scanners, something that we have not seen before and we detect life, which seems to have a direction and purpose.”
The Card continues,
“No hypothesis on event mechanism (FLAG ACAUSAL). Bootstrap simulation suggests event is DIRECTED and INIMICABLE (convergent q-Bayes/Monte Carlo probability approaches 1).”
This paragraph reinforces that the Warminds does not understand the event and flags it as acausal, meaning they do not know what caused it, once again it confirms, whatever they have found, it is directed, as in having purpose, however it is also inimicable, which means unfriendly or hostile.
Rasputin then provides a probability, I assume this is the probability that the calculations they have made so far are correct, i.e. it is not a mistake and that they have indeed detected life and that life is directed and is hostile. Convergent q-Bayes and Monte Carlo are statistical analysis techniques and as the value approaches 1 it is more probably.
Summarizing in laymen terms again, they have detected something odd, then they have discovered it contains life, the life there has purpose and they then realize it is hostile, they run some more calculations and confirm that it is very probably that this lifeform is not friendly.
Rasputin is relayed further information that they have very little time to prepare and this thing, is entering their system right now, the card says
“Source blueshift suggests IMMINENT SOLAR ENTRY”
At this point, Rasputin escalates the alert from Skyshock, which in my mind was like a “watch and act” alert, they were just monitoring this event to see what it was, and then it escalates to what I can only assume is the highest alert level, Extinction.
Rasputin activates two protocols VOLUSPA and YUGA. Voluspa is a Nordic poem that describes the creation of the world, followed by the destruction of the world, including the death of the Gods and then the rebirth of the world. Yuga is a Hindu term that means an era within a four age cycle, depending on the era it may last between 1200 to 4800 years, interestingly one of the eras is often referred to as the Golden Age and another is referred to as a time of darkness.
My interpretation of these protocols, is that Rasputin has predicted the end of the world i.e Voluspa and the coming of the Darkness, i.e. Yuga.
The next sentence says, cauterize public sources to SECURE ISIS and harden for defensive action. Cauterize means to burn skin or flesh to stop bleeding or infection, so I believe the reference to cauterize public sources is saying that the Warminds need to remove all contact with civilization, bunker down to ensure nothing can penetrate their defenses.
I have seen other theories that suggest this means that Rasputin is destroying it’s own population, you could argue the protocol seen in later cards, CIVILISATION KILL EVENT, confirms this. However, I could not decide whether it was referring to Rasputin doing this or if it was referring to the destruction from the Darkness. I will let you present your theories on that.
SECURE ISIS could have a couple of different meanings, my initial thought was that it was a reference to securing the storage of their information. However, the Rasputin cards also make reference to numerous mythologies so it could be speaking about the God ISIS and there is a reference to Egypt in a later card. Feel free to also provide your thoughts on this protocol.
The last line, I am invoking CARRHAE WHITE (CARE- RYE) and assuming control of solar defenses, confirms that Rasputin has taken control over the defensive satellites, weapons and maybe even the other Warminds. The word Carrhae may be symbolic of the Battle of Carrhae, where a smaller force, outnumbered three to one, defeated a large Roman army, due to the mobility of their cavalry. So maybe, Rasputin thought that he could be more mobile and effective against this new threat, despite the odds, if he was the sole leader and decision maker.
The next transmission, Ghost Fragment: Rasputin 3, Rasputin orders all assets to CAUTERIZE. DISPERSE. ESTIVATE. Estivate means to enter a long period of dormancy. This is basically saying, cease all communications, scatter and become hidden through inactivity.
The next paragraph reads,
“Total strategic collapse imminent. FENRIR HEART reports complete operational mortality. SURTR DROWN in progress but negative effect. Forecasts unanimously predict terminal VOLUSPA failure.”
The Fenrir is from Norse Mythology and originates from the same poem mentioned before, VOLUSPA, and was foretold to be a monstrous wolf that killed Odin during the events of Ragnarok. Surtr, is a jotunn in norse mythology which I believe is the same as a frost giant and originates from the same poem. Like Fenrir, Surtr also waged war against Odin and the other Gods during Ragnarok.
My norse mythology knowledge is not the best, similar to my pronunciation and I find this paragraph difficult to decipher, however I think the general theme is, the end is coming, we had this Golden Age, we were extremely powerful and now this enemy has come to challenge our God, to kill our God, the Traveler, and collapse is imminent.
The Card ends with the most quoted Rasputin protocol, MIDNIGHT EXIGENT. This protocol re-formatted the morals of Rasputin and I assume the other Warminds, so that they would no longer defend humanity, it canceled their counterforce objectives and canceled population protection objectives. We can only assume that Rasputin went into this dormant state in order to avoid destruction and hopefully devise a solution to the invading force.
The last card Ghost Fragment: Rasputin 5 I believe contains the secret to how humanity survived. It is once again a transmission from Rasputin and it lists a set of criteria, and if this criteria is present it provides the best action plan. The criteria include all the protocols and code we have seen so far, for example it says,
“Stand by for Criteria, Under CARRHAE (WHITE or BLACK), If VOLUSPA is ACTIVE and in FAILURE [[synapse to FENRIR::SURTR]], If YUGA is ACTIVE and in SUNDOWN. If a CIVILIZATION KILL EVENT is underway [[all flexions]] If tactical morality is built at MIDNIGHT.”
So these are all protocols that we have already seen in the grimoire cards and we know that they have been activated. The card continues by providing a solution. It reads “Stand by for DECISION POINT: If available ISR and WARWATCH indicates imminent [O] departure >then [O] departure compromises human/neohuman survival and epoch strategy. Stand by for ABHORRENT IMPERATIVE: Activate LOKI CROWN. Perform deniable authorization: full caedometric and noetic release. Prevent [O] departure by any means available. Stand by for effect assessment criteria: Coerce pseudoaltruistic [O] defensive action. Defer civilization kill.
So Rasputin unleashed a weapon to prevent something from departing. Yes, you guessed it, the theory is that Rasputin purposefully damaged the Traveler to prevent it from leaving civilization. This makes perfect sense with the background of the Book of Sorrows, as the Traveler left multiple civilizations as it began to lose the war against the Deep/the Worms/The Hive/Oryx.
The Deep and Oryx were tracking down the Traveler, eager to consume its light and eventually they found the Traveler, however not after we had had the Golden Age and created the Warminds. The Warminds, Rasputin specifically was the only thing that separated us from the fate of countless other species that were destroyed by the Deep and the Hive, remembering that Oryx’s conquest spanned over 20 000 years showing many species their extinction.
With the Traveler crippled, it would have been consumed by the Deep and/or Oryx and so it was forced to create ghosts, ghosts that would revive the dead to create an army and fight the Deep and Oryx. This is what I believe the phrase “Coerce pseudoaltruistic [O] defensive action” means. Pseudoaltruistic actually has a specific definition within mental health, however I believe the intended meaning is the combination of the two words pseudo, meaning not genuine, and altruistic meaning selfless. i.e. Not genuine selflessness.
The Traveler was not genuinely interested in saving humanity, it was forced into creating Ghosts and Guardians, in other words, it was “coerced into a pseudoaltruistic defensive action”.
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