Darkness: The True Enemy


Character Lore

“…saw Darkness. But not in the abstract, not like the Speaker talks about it. Real, flesh and blood Darkness standing before me. It wore a Fallen Captain like he was a suit of clothes. It laughed at me. Reached out a hand. And then I was gone, off to somewhen else.” —File 48743 from Praedyth’s Ghost”

Welcome back guardians. Today I wanted to talk about the real war in Destiny and that is the battle between the Light and the Darkness. I also want to try and explain why the Darkness is pursuing the Light or rather wants the Light eliminated. Whilst the Cabal clearly impose a major threat to the City in Destiny 2, by destroying the Tower, I do think they are overshadowed by a greater war between the Light and the Dark.

Thank you to AnonPig for sending me some information regarding the description of the Darkness. And as usual, thank you to brandon mccamey for providing the artwork seen at the beginning of this video. If you would like to pick up poster versions of any of his work, see the links below.

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Before we move onto the war between the Light and the Darkness, let’s start with some definitions of the Darkness. In the Books of Sorrow the Darkness is given another name, it is referred to as the Deep. This is suggested in Verse 5:7 – Forever and a Blade in the Books of Sorrow, where Oryx says,

“I don’t know where the Darkness-which-is-the-Deep came from, nor the Traveler that I hunt. But I will learn. I will learn.”

Within the Books of Sorrow, the Deep has multiple meanings. Firstly, it appears to be an actual entity, secondly it also appears to be a location/place and lastly it also provides power.

Verse 4:1- Battle made waves and Verse 4:2 – Majestic Majestic confirm that the Deep is actual an thing, some sort of entity. Oryx had created the Tablets of Ruin, which he created from Killing the worm god Akka, the Tablets of Ruin allowed him to speak directly with the Deep. Verse 4:1 reads,

“Oryx went down into his throne world. He went out into the abyss, and with each step he read one of his tablets, so that they became like stones beneath his feet.

He went out and he created an altar and he prepared an unborn ogre. He called on the Deep, saying:

I can see you in the sky. You are the waves, which are battles, and the battles are the waves. Come into this vessel I have prepared for you.

And it arrived, the Deep Itself.”

The very next verse, verse 4:2, appears to be Oryx actually speaking with the Deep itself. I believe the grimoire card depicts the Deep speaking to Oryx, it reads,

“Oryx, my King, my friend. Kick back. Relax. Shrug off that armor, set down that blade. Roll your burdened shoulders and let down your guard. This is a place of life, a place of peace.”

So I believe that the Deep, which is the Darkness, is an actual entity, not just a metaphor. In fact, one of the paragraphs from the No Time to Explain quest line confirms just that. It reads,

“…saw Darkness. But not in the abstract, not like the Speaker talks about it. Real, flesh and blood Darkness standing before me. It wore a Fallen Captain like he was a suit of clothes. It laughed at me. Reached out a hand. And then I was gone, off to somewhen else.” —File 48743 from Praedyth’s Ghost”

Despite this being a terrifying description of the Deep/the Darkness we still don’t really know what it looks like. This may be due to the very nature of the Deep, as it also has another name, the Formless. This is confirmed in Verse 1:8 Leviathan of the Books of Sorrow, which reads,

++We live on the edge of a war—
—a war between Formless and Form++
++between the Deep and the Sky—

The King’s Fall raid items further reinforces that the Deep may be referred to as the Formless One. The Warlock Bone Worm Gods’ Boon reads,

“They had a choice. They chose the hunger. They chose the Formless One. They chose the Worm Gods.”

The Harrowed Grasp of Eir also reads,

“At the beginning, they stood in thrall of the Formless One, and they offered themselves to its depth.”

By the way, even though it mentions the Worm gods and the Formless One in the same item description I believe they are referring to two separate entities. As in Verse 2:9 – Crusaders it says this,

“Look around the sky. Behold the great divide, the battle lines of the cosmic war. We are the Worm your God, but we are not the Deep Itself. We only move within it. You shall too. You shall venerate and study it and haunt it in its passage.”

So I do believe when it mentions the worm gods and the Formless One it is referring to two separate beings. To summarise the information so far, the Darkness is also known as the Deep, which is also known as the Formless One and there are cards that indicate it is something, an actual entity that you could meet and speak with, however, I would speculate that it does not have an actual shape or form, hence the formless one, remember that it arrived within an ogre to speak with Oryx. This may also explain Cayde-6’s recollection of the collapse involving this Black suffocating poison. Cayde-6’s journal reads,

“Whatever it is hits me before I can level my gun. Doesn’t matter. Tendrils of pain crawl over my splayed fingers, my outstretched arms, my shoulders, my neck, my screaming mouth as it consumes.

I’m being enveloped. Everything is wrong. Primordial. My systems go sideways. All but my sensors. It wants me to witness this, the world. It’s world now, suffocating in the Black poison. I collapse. We all collapse.”

From what we know so far about the Deep/the Darkness, Cayde could be describing the Darkness within his journal, this formless black poison, that wants him to witness the Collapse. As I said earlier, I think the Deep has 3 different meanings, the first is what I have just explained, the Deep is an entity, it is this thing in its own right, but the Deep is also a place and is also a source of power. There are a number of cards in the Books of Sorrow that suggest that Oryx uses the Tablets of Ruin to travel to the location, the Deep, where he speaks with the Deep, the Formless One.

Verse 4:5 – This Love is war reads,

“BETRAYAL. We have marooned Oryx within the Deep. This is our obligation as lords of the Hive, to make war upon each other, to eradicate weakness and make ourselves sharp.”

And this from Verse 4:8 – The partition of death,

“What are you doing, my daughters?” he asked. He was afraid that Ir Halak and Ir Anûk were trying to go into the Deep, where only the Tablets of Ruin allowed Oryx to go.”

And this from Verse 5:2 – strict proof eternal,

“Savathûn, Witch-Queen, looks at him with dry wariness. “Is it the sword logic I need to go into the Deep, and take your power for myself?”

So I think it reasonable to say that there is a place called the Deep, where the Deep, a.k.a the Darkness, the Formless One resides, this is where Oryx went using the Tablets of Ruin to commune directly with the Darkness.

The Deep is a thing, it is place and lastly it is also a source of Power. The Books of Sorrows suggest that when Oryx went into the Deep and spoke with the Darkness, that is when he gained the powers to take and became the Taken King.

Verse 3:8 – King of Shapes reads,

Then Auryx said, “Now I may speak to the Deep, the beautiful final shape. I will be King of Shapes. I will learn all the secrets of our destiny.”

His speech to the Deep is not recorded here. But it is known that he returned, and he said, now I am Oryx, the Taken King. And I have the power to take life and make it my own.

What is interesting is the Deep is referred to as the Formless one, however Oryx becomes the King of Shapes. It is almost like Oryx becomes the shape of the Darkness, the best representation we have of the Darkness.

So… the Deep = the Darkness = the formless one, can be this entity, can be a place and can be a source of power. Let’s move onto why it hates the Traveler and the Light so much. In the Books of Sorrow the Darkness is referred to as the Deep and the Light is referred to as the Sky. The Traveler is referred to as the Diving presence of the Sky and source of paracausal weapons.

Verse 2:4 – 52 and One reads,

Our organs detect a fifty-third moon in orbit of Fundament. A Traveler. Divine presence of the Sky. Now we know what arranged the syzygy.

And Verse 2:6 – the Sword Logic reads,

In their desperation, the Ammonite have begun using paracausal weapons.

What are these? How do they work? Wouldn’t you like to know. Suffice to say that some powers in this universe are superordinate to mere material physics.

The source of these weapons is the Traveler, the Sky’s bait star. Their effect is subtle, but devastating.

So, the Traveler is the divine presence of the Light a.k.a the Sky and Oryx is an agent of the Deep a.k.a the Darkness. Guardians are soldiers fighting for the light, similar to the Hive as soldiers fighting for the Darkness. But why, why is there this cosmic war between Light and Darkness.

The answer I believe, is the Sky and the Deep have two fundamental different philosophies. The Sky, the Light builds civilisations, creates Golden Ages, providing them with technology to enhance their race, whilst the Deep believes that the only way to create a perfect universe is not to build, but destroy, to cut away and kill any imperfections, by ridding the universe of any weakness, only perfection will remain. Verse 1:8 Leviathan of the Books of Sorrow begins to hint at this concept, it reads,

++The Sky builds new life++
—Against the onset of ruin—
++Towards a gentle world++

—The Deep embraces death—
++Saying: this is inevitable and right++
—I exist as hungry ruin—

Verse 2:7 – the weakness verse is more detailed in describing the philosophy of the Deep. It reads,

This is good. This is right. You will learn from this. Don’t you understand, great King? Don’t you want to build something real, something that lasts forever?

Our universe gutters down towards cold entropy. Life is an engine that burns up energy and produces decay. Life builds selfish, stupid rules — morality is one of them, and the sanctity of life is another.

These rules are impediments to the great work. The work of building a perfect, undying creation, a civilization everlasting. Something that cannot end.

If a civilization cannot defend itself, it must be annihilated. If a King cannot hold his power, he must be betrayed. The worth of a thing can be determined only by one beautiful arbiter — that thing’s ability to exist, to go on existing, to remake existence to suit its survival.

Verse 2:9 – Crusaders also further defines the philosophy of the Deep. It reads,

“Their golden age was a cancer.

They did nothing to advance the cause of life! They burnt up time and matter and thought on this solipsistic, onanistic pursuit of safety, insulating themselves from death, making a regressive pocket of useless stability. When they could have helped whittle the universe towards its final, perfect form!”

So the Light and the Darkness have two completely different philosophies, but when did this cosmic war begin. The earliest recount comes from Verse 1:9 The Bargain which implies that the Light had trapped the worm gods on the planet the Fundament, how this influenced the Darkness we cannot be sure, however the Card reads,

For millions of years We have been [trapped|growing] in the Deep. From across the stars We have called life to Fundament, so that it might contend against extinction. For millennia We have awaited you… our beloved hosts.

Against you stand the cruel Leviathan and all the forces of the Sky. They would crush you down into the dark. They have arranged their moons to drown you, in fear of your potential.

We want to help you, Princes. We offer to each of you a bargain… a symbiosis.

I am not too sure if the Darkness itself was also trapped on the Fundament for some reason, or if it was just the Worm Gods, however regardless the forces of the Sky, such as the Leviathan and the Traveler had tried to keep the worm gods imprisoned on the planet. This is our earliest documentation of the war between the Light and Dark, I assume a battle preceded this that led to the Worms imprisonment, however we have no knowledge of that.

Remember that according to the Hive, the Traveler caused the Syzygy, which was a giant God wave designed to wipe out any species on the Fundament and prevent them from freeing the worms. Of course this did not work and Oryx’s kin formed a symbiotic pact with the worm gods freeing them from the Fundament. It is from this point,  that the real war began, the Light and the Darkness began recruiting soldiers in this cosmic war.

The irony is, Guardians have somewhat played the philosophy of the Darkness, we killed Oryx, we proved that we were part of the final universe, we proved that we can uphold the philosophy of the Deep. Have a listen to Oryx’s final words in Verse 5:9 of the Books of Sorrow. It reads,

“If I am defeated, I know that I will fall to something mighty. Something that craves might, something that loves what I love, which is the Deep, a principle and a power, the versatile, protean need to adapt and endure, to reach out and shape the universe entirely for that purpose”

We even created the Touch of Malice, we continue to kill justified through self-defence, but are we just proving that the Darkness is right, the philosophy is true, weakness must be cut away leaving only a perfect universe. So I ask you Guardian, what side are you really on?

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