The Top 5 Most Shocking Grimiore Cards
Welcome back everyone. Destiny is often criticised for its lack of in-game story however for those who have read some of the grimoire cards, there are some real jaw dropping moments. Today I am going to cover my top 5 shocking grimoire cards, moments that either shocked me because they were so graphic, such as torture scenes or executions, or they were shocking because of a plot twist development. Be sure to leave your own opinion, with your favourite grimoire cards.
Number 5. Ghost Fragment: Rasputin 5. Now the reason why this is not higher on my list is because the interpretation of this card is speculative, however there is no doubt in my mind that this card reveals a significant plot detail; Rasputin stopped the Traveler from abandoning Earth and by crippling the Traveler, Rasputin forced the creation of Ghosts and consequently Guardians to battle the Darkness. The line
“Prevent [O] departure by any means available”
was that jaw dropping moment because it makes you feel that everything was a lie, that we are a disposable, brainless army, fighting a war we know nothing about.
Number 4. This is an older one and if you are new to Destiny you may not be aware of it. Mystery: Fate of Skolas. Immediately, following the Reef Wars, The Queen had taking control of the House of Wolves and had captured Skolas. Also, following the Reef Wars, the Queen had her Brother’s spies, The Crows, enter the Cauldrons of Rhea, I assume they are referring to the moon Rhea, which is a moon of Saturn and for some reason they Nine did not approve of this.
The Queen offers them a gift to settle their differences and sends them Skolas. However, Skolas escapes, contrary to what is told in game, he is let go by Xur. The card adds so much more mystery surrounding the Nine and Xur, information that I really thought would be revealed in The Taken King. Let me read you a portion of the card.
“The cell cracks open. Skolas, Wolf Kell, stumbles out and crashes to his knees.
He tries to leap at the creature before him, the shape in the fog, to show it why it should be afraid. But the weight of grief smashes his legs against the cell. The rage upon him beats him to the floor. He falls on all four hands, his mighty armor thundering against itself.
His House of Wolves is enslaved! His people have been played! And it was his hubris, his would-be cunning that did it! While the other Houses fought for their future on Earth, throwing themselves at the Great Machine, Skolas wasted his people in games of betrayal and ambition. Bitter pride brought a bitter end!
If Skolas were a Kell he would ask his Archon to dock him. Ether hisses in his mask and it tastes cold, so cold.
He looks up. At the tiny hooded shape before him. The cell’s mist is clearing. He can see.
“I believe that I am here,” the creature says. To Skolas’ ears it has a strange voice, a strange accent. It speaks his language. “I have a clear purpose. I cannot explain it. Forgive me.”
From beneath its hood, tiny fingers of shadow probe the air.
Skolas rises up to smash it, to show his strength, because the alternative to violence is waiting for violence to come from a universe that has neither respect nor compassion. But he checks himself. His ambitions have brought him here, to this cell in this strange place… only it’s not so strange, is it? It’s the hold of a Ketch. “The Queen,” he says to the thing. “You work for the Queen.”
“The Nine made me aware of my purpose,” the creature says. “If am here, then it is because the Queen sent you to the Nine, and they wish you sent back.”
“The ship will be yours,” the creature says. It hunches over itself as if burdened by its own shape. “If you speak, you will be heard. I will go now. You are free.”
Number 3, Ghost Fragment: The Hellmouth, which describes Toland’s transition to the Hive netherworld. The reason why this was so shocking to me, was we never knew what happened to Toland after he and Eris morns fireteam failed. The last we knew, was that he was trying to learn the Deathsinger’s song. This card, confirms that he found the Deathsinger, and they had a little chat and now Toland quote flys
“between green-black suns in the labyrinth beyond Crota’s god-star.”
“The Overworld the sea of Screams, where the Throne-universes of the great Hive fester in eternal majesty.”
He moves among them. This card has implications for the future plot line of Destiny and once again creates Toland the Shattered as one of the most interesting and mysterious characters in the Destiny Universe.
Number 2. This belongs to a card that was the first card to shock me from a graphic and violent point of view. It is the Heart of Crota, grimoire card and describes the torture of Omar Agar. Omar was part of Eris Morn’s fireteam and was captured and tortured during the raid. It reads:
“The Heart of Crota.
It is her blood that feeds their fury.
I thought Omar dead until I heard his screams. I followed them down, to the darkest night of the caverns below. What I saw—I witnessed all we fear—the villainy of the Hive on full display.
Among a sea of cocoons, and surrounded by thousands more freshly spawned hordes, the Heart held Omar’s broken body in a vice of bone and pain. She was peeling the Light from his body. How? I can’t imagine, and I have tried. Tendrils of luminance tore away like flesh.
With every strand Omar’s scream cut the dark and was met with a chittering chorus from the unborn. I can’t say if they were feeding off the Light itself, or the pain, but my guess is both—somehow, both.
The Heart, though I can’t believe she actually has one, seemed to be conducting some nightmare orchestra, nurturing Crota’s children, with the echoes of Agah’s Light.
The Hive must end for all they had done, and some day, by my hand or another’s, the Heart will meet with an end fitting of the pain she, herself, has dealt.”
Number 1, this has to go to go to Dredgen Yor, the wielder of Thorn. The scene I am specifically speaking of is from the Ghost Fragment: Thorn 2. This card depicts a group of bandits that get a bit too cocky with Dredgen and they engage in this back and forth banter. Dredgen shoots dead all of them without warning, except one.Gho
He tells the remaining bandit to sit down and continues by verbally taunting him, he says, you wanted to see my prize, referring to his hand cannon, Thorn, and then Dredgen points the gun at the man’s head and says “Not many get such a clean view.” The man at this point is sobbing, expecting his execution. The card ends with Dredgen ordering the man to open his eyes one final time and between the sobs, Dredgen executes him.
I still think to date, this is the most graphic and most shocking grimoire card in Destiny, however be sure to let me know in the comments below what your most shocking card is.
Once again, it has been a pleasure, this is Myelin Games. Peace