Destiny 2 Who is Failsafe?

Who is Failsafe in Destiny 2?

Character Lore

I fear my will is not strong enough to shape these worlds. Only the Tyrant can do that, but he will not be a part of my journey. Even his reach has limits, and we will be nine billion miles away.

I whisper my concerns to the Tyrant in tiny magnetic bursts. He does not listen.

The Tyrant says take the SIVA, and so I take the SIVA.

The Tyrant says go to the stars, and so I go to the stars.

Welcome back guardians, today I wanted to talk about some new lore from the Inverted Spire strike mission, more specifically I want to speak about “Failsafe”, an AI that helps during the mission. This video will contradict my Malahayati video and my Exodus black video, however I now think this theory is the most plausible. I also wanted to mention some other Lore snippets that I noticed during the strike mission, such as information about Devrim Kay, who is the NPC sniper from the farm and the Cabal mining operation.

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Let’s actually start with all the bits and pieces of lore I spotted in the Inverted Spire strike, that is interesting, yet not really enough to make into it’s own video. Firstly, when you enter the Inverted Spire mission, you enter a region called “Arcadian Valley”. This may sound familiar because you very first jumpship is the Arcadia Class Jumpship, the item description for this reads,

“Arcadians were the most common jumpships during the Golden Age, used for both terrestrial and planetary excursions. Their remains have been reported around most Earth-based space ports.”

I am not too sure of the significance of this, if any, but it would be cool if this area was linked in someway to our very first ship from Destiny 1.

Second piece of information I spotted was the description of weapon that caught my eye. The weapon “Scathelocke” it reads,

“This weapon was forged by Devrim Kay VIII for the survivors”

I believe we have seen images of Devrim Kay in Destiny 2 and I believe he is the sniper at the farm wielding no land beyond. Luke smith said this during an interview with Game Informer,

“A new social space called the farm affords the opportunity to meet a sniper named Devrim Kay. Interacting with him shows off a slick new conversation interface that produces greater emotion and character animation potential.

 Each new location includes a character like Devrim – a quest giver that helps to tell the story of the locale, and make each destination take on increased narrative weight.”

So… I am interested in knowing if the Devrim we meet is Devrim Kay VIII, or if this is a previous ancestor. Either way, really interesting but I am sure you will agree, not enough for its own lore video. However, it is very positive to see that the item descriptions are already adding more flavor to the lore.

Let’s move on. I wanted to speak about the Cabal during this mission, not many people have really mentioned the actual story during the Inverted Spire mission. Essentially, you disrupt a Cabal mining operation but what are they mining?

Well, there is actually a bit of lore to this already, if remember back to Destiny 1, the Cabal had mining operations on Mars and Phobos. A Ghost Scan on Mars reads,

“GHOST: There’s a notification from three days ago. A “Primus Ta’aun” suspended all Phobos mining operations and recon pending investigation of a trans-Jovian threat.

And another Ghost scan reads,

GHOST: Cabal mining sites across Mars and Phobos have been hit. Losses to Blind Legion: 35%, Losses to Sand Eaters: 58%, Dust Giants: 39%. What is this?

Whilst we don’t know much about the mining operations on Mars, we do know that the Cabal and the Vex were locked into battle on Mars. The Virgo Prohibition describes the Vex losing a war of attrition. The card reads,

 These aggressive, relentless Vex constantly test the Cabal exclusion zone, apparently heedless of losses.

In spite of the Vex onslaught, the Cabal have managed to expand its beachhead and maintain a hold on several mysterious Vex structures. The Prohibition’s tactics seem to be failing in the short run.

But it seems unlikely that an organization with the sheer computational scope of the Vex could be dragged into a losing war of attrition.

 Is it possible that the Vex are trying to draw out the Cabal strength? Or that their surface losses are a distraction from a deeper strategic ploy?

The new Destiny 2 strike mission actually might provide some clarity to the mining operations on mars and why the Vex and the Cabal were fighting. During the inverted spire mission, you come across a Cabal command station that has a hologram of the Vex, turns out this would be the Vex boss at the end of the mission named, Protheon, yes, very similar sounding to Atheon. You actually follow the Cabal dig site all the way into a Vex area, where you awaken Protheon.

After killing the final boss from the mission, Failsafe says this,

Vex records indicate the Cabal discovered the Mind, and dug into this world to capture it. Had the Red Legion achieved their goal,

 I estimate a 60% chance this planetoid would have been destroyed in the ensuing battles. Luckily, the captain stepped in.

So, it seems that the Cabal were mining to acquire Vex technology. This could be an explanation for their mining operations on Mars, and may also explain why the Vex continued to provide resistance despite losing the war.

Ok, so now let’s move onto Failsafe. Previously, I speculated that Malahayati was the AI in charge of Exodus Black, which was carrying SIVA. We know now that Exodus Black crashed landed on Nessus, this was revealed by screens shots of the map and also revealed in an interview. I combined this information together to provide justification for the Nightfall mission with SIVA on Nessus, i.e. SIVA is on Nessus because Malahayati in charge of Exodus Black was carrying SIVA and crashed on Nessus. Please see my other videos for information about Rasputin, Clovis Bray, the Exodus Program, Exodus Black, because they are all connected.

Regardless, I now actually think, that it is more likely that Failsafe is the AI that was in charge of Exodus Black, not Malahayati. Failsafe was the AI for the Exodus Black Colony ship that crashed into Nessus carrying SIVA. So, how could this be possible. Firstly, Failsafe is specifically referred to as an AI. Within the opening minutes of the strike Failsafe says,

Commander, your favourite AI is primed and ready. I have prepared back doors into several key Vex systems. We have detected a series of seismic disruptions. The Cabal may be responsible.

Whilst AI could mean a number of things, one reference to AI within the lore, is a colony ship AI. In Ghost Fragment: Old Russia 3, Malahayati is referred to as a submind, and the card mentions that there are also colony ship AI’s. We don’t actually know if subminds are the same as Colony ship AI’s or something completely different. My general impression is that subminds is a broad category for any AI that is under control by Rasputin, they are a submind, a subordinate mind to the Warmind. Either way, the colony ship AIs and the subminds, like Rasputin, have some level of personality and character. For example, they refer to Rasputin as “the tyrant”. The card reads,

Yesterday Lanshu spoke to a colony ship AI and it called Rasputin ‘the Tyrant.’ Not without affection. And certainly not without respect.

The word Tyrant not only reinforces my previous point, that this colony ship AIs are controlled and subordinate to Rasputin, but provides a key word to search the grimoire cards for. We can now assume that grimoire cards that use the word “tyrant” are narrated by colony ship AI.

There are only two other cards within all of the grimoire cards that use the word Tyrant. Ghost Fragment: Old Russia 2 and Ghost Fragment Old Russia 4. And like I said, we can assume that these cards are narrated by colony ship AIs.

Ghost Fragment: Old Russia 2 appears to be narrated by the Colony ship AI responsible for Exodus Red. The card reads,

The humans are too slow or too dead and the Tyrant (bless his intellect, vastly does it surpass my own) is far too busy to comfort one forlorn colony ship and its machine mind…

I’m trying to be brave. But conditions outside are terrible. I suspect I won’t make liftoff.

By the time you read this, whoever you might be, I suppose you will know. EXODUS RED will be long gone – or rotting at its gantry, me dead inside.

As you can see the Colony ship AI has emotions and personality. The second card that mentions Tyrant is Ghost Fragment: Old Russia 4, this is the card that speak about carrying SIVA. The Card reads,

I fear my will is not strong enough to shape these worlds. Only the Tyrant can do that, but he will not be a part of my journey. Even his reach has limits, and we will be nine billion miles away.

I whisper my concerns to the Tyrant in tiny magnetic bursts. He does not listen.

The Tyrant says take the SIVA, and so I take the SIVA.

The Tyrant says go to the stars, and so I go to the stars.

So… I have always speculated that this card is narrated by Malahayati, but the only link, is the word Tyrant, and as I explained, the word Tryant appears to be a word used by Colony ship AIs to refer to Rasputin, it does not necessarily confirm that this card is about Malahayati. In addition, this card may be the same AI from Exodus Red, maybe it did escape, Exodus Red would also be an appropriate name for a colony ship carrying SIVA which is red colour.

So, I now longer think, just because this card uses the word Tyrant, that it is referring to Malahayati, and now with the introduction of Failsafe, who is referred to as an AI, who has a personality similar to the lore of Colony ship AIs, I think that a much more plausible theory is that Failsafe was the Colony Ship AI for Exodus Black which was carrying SIVA and crashed on Nessus.

There are a couple other clues that reinforce that Failsafe is a Colony ship AI,  firstly she serves Commander Zavala, which is very similar to how Malahayati is assigned to General Chen Lanshu, but likely the greatest evidence of her being a Colony Ship AI is this. When you complete the mission, Failsafe refers to you as the Captain, well I think she is referring to you, she actually could be referring to someone else, but regardless saying that she serves a captain really does make me think of Colony ship AI.

Failsafe says this at the end of the mission.

Vex records indicate the Cabal discovered the Mind, and dug into this world to capture it. Had the Red Legion achieved their goal,

 I estimate a 60% chance this planetoid would have been destroyed in the ensuing battles. Luckily, the captain stepped in.

How Zavala came into control of Failsafe, or how Failsafe serves Zavala, we do not know yet. But I am interested in finding out the lore of failsafe.

That concludes this latest destiny lore episode. If you would like to support the channel leave the word, Captain, to represent the captain that Failsafe serves! If you don’t understand the connections between the Exodus Black, Rasputin, the Exodus program, please feel free to watch my other destiny lore videos.

As usual, it has been a pleasure. This is myelin games.

Peace.