Destiny 2 lore: Leviathan raid

Character lore: Emperor Calus

Upon my ship, I have prepared a welcome befitting an emperor’s champion! I have baths and gardens, arenas and halls, arsenals of arms and armor, libraries of legends and documents, specimens, treasures, beasts to slay, games to quicken the heart or stimulate the circuitry or whatever you please. But most of all, I have prepared tests.

For I offer to you the worthy a place at my side.

Welcome back guardians, today we are discussing the ending of the Leviathan raid in Destiny 2. Obviously, without saying there will be spoilers in this video, and the raid does add information to Destiny 2’s story, so leave now, you have been warned.

SO, I am going to explain in the raid, why the boss you fight at the end of the raid is not the real Calus and why there is an area full of other Calus robots. Towards the end of this video, I will also speak how Calus is linked with the Hive, the worms and the Ahamkara.

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The Destiny 2 Collectors edition book is written as an invitation from the exiled Cabal Emperor Calus. The invitation is quite clear with the purpose of the Leviathan raid and provides justification to why there are so many Calus Robots. Calus invites you to destroy those who betrayed him, those who exiled him to the Leviathan with a military coup and of course, that list includes Ghaul and the Consul. The invitation is also an offering to join forces with Calus if guardians complete a set of tasks, firstly they must enact his revenge by killing those who betrayed him and secondly they must survive the trials upon the Leviathan. The opening of the invitation reads as follows,

They would have killed me, but I was too beloved and too glorious. So they sent me away into resplendent exile upon this Grand Leviathan.

And from that exile I call on you, the brave, to execute my justice upon the traitors. Save the Cabal from grey enslavement. Join me in my search for the glorious and absolute powers of the universe!

Bring me the end of my enemies, and prove yourself worthy of the prize Ghaul will never claim. True power. True purpose. These things I offer you, and weapons, and knowledge, and glory.

 I have pulverised moons into beautiful rings of ruin! I have snuffed out stars to improve the harmony of the constellations! Think of the monuments I can make for you.

I promise you everything. All I ask is death.

The invitation continues and goes onto name each of the traitors who betrayed emperor Calus removing him from his throne and exiling him to the leviathan. One of the traitors is even his Daughter. By the way, the book seems to suggest that female cabal have tusks, as both pictures of female cabal have tusks! After naming each of the traitors that lead the military coup against Emperor Calus, Calus ends the invitation with this,

Should You succeed.

Those are the names of the traitors.

May I never hear those names again. Not until the day when you, oh brave supplicant, come to claim your reward. And such reward!

 I promise that your name will be envied even in the bright heart of the galaxy, where the stars are thick as honey.

Upon my ship, I have prepared a welcome befitting an emperor’s champion! I have baths and gardens, arenas and halls, arsenals of arms and armor, libraries of legends and documents, specimens, treasures, beasts to slay, games to quicken the heart or stimulate the circuitry or whatever you please. But most of all, I have prepared tests.

For I offer to you the worthy a place at my side.

So, that is why we are invited to the Leviathan, we defeat Ghaul in the campaign, therefore fulfilling the first aspect of the invitation, i.e. defeating those who betrayed Calus (by the way the story of the other traitors are told through the raid item descriptions), so we then enter the Leviathan and must complete Calus’s trials in order to prove our worth, in order to join his side.

So, the most simplistic reason to why there are many Calus Robots at the end of the Raid, is that Calus runs this same trial with many many different species, he constantly tests different species to see if they are worthy to join his army… and what better motivation to force participation in his games other than threatening to eat your home world. Your forced upon participating in Calus’s trial, through fear of the Leviathan consuming your planet.

So who has Calus done this too before? Well many different species, and in fact the raid gear Boots of the Fulminator refer to Calus’s troops as “multispecies”. In addition, the Gauntlets of Rull actually describe another species called the Clipse who faced the Leviathan and their greatest warrior Rull, who survived was offered to join Calus. The item reads,

The greatest warriors of the Clipse lay dead. They formed a bloody trail through the Leviathan. Only Rull had lived to see the throne room.

Calus calmly sipped his wine and considered Rull from the height of his golden seat.

“Are you hungry?”

Rull stared dumbfounded, bleeding and exhausted. He didn’t know what to make of a creature that would casually offer sustenance and slaughter in equal measure.

“I offer you a warrior’s paradise, Rull of the Clipse. Join me, and be counted among the lucky few that might see the end of this world.”

What could Rull do but accept?

The invitation from the Collectors edition would go on to say how Calus formed an alliance, and I use the term alliance very loosely because most seemed forced into it, but it speaks about how he formed an alliance with the Clipse and a number of other species. The best example of this is a section in the invitation where Calus is speaking with the Psion Savant, Freeborn Otzot. The invitation reads,

She said, “Is this not Calus’s new Empire, an Empire of achievement? Can’t the Psions grow fat in thought, as you grow fat with power?”

I said, you have a deal! I name you Imperial Dreamer, and you will have all that you need. All of us are stronger when we join hands in song – Cabal and Psion, Sindu and Clipse, Arkborn and all the others.

In the case of the Clipse, it seems like they faced the Leviathan like we did, with Rull the only survivor. However, it also seems like some other species were offered an alliance without completing the Leviathan. Freeborn Otzot the Psion Savant is the best example of this. This psion reconstructed a machine known as the “Clairvoyant OXA machine”, which seems to allow Psions to gleam into the future and/or the past. Upon realising that this Psion was able to reconstruct this machine, Calus offered the Psion a place in his army, have a listen

Centuries after we destroyed the Pisons’ clairvoyant OXA machine, word reached me that it had been rebuilt on the Moon of Brand. The Evocate-General sent her ships to bomb the moon.

 In my imperial forgivenesss, I stopped her ships. I asked myself: who but a true genius could reconstruct the OXA? Who but a Psion who craved the OXA’s power to see the unseen? Surely we could use that mind!

I invited the builder to join me at a fete in her honor. She was called Otzot, freeborn Psion, and she glowed with the power of her thoughts.

So, in Calus’s exile he appears to be recruiting the biggest badest galactic monsters to join his force, and in his travellers there is also a hint that he came across the Hive, the worms and potentially encountered the Ahamkara.

In the invitation in the collectors book, Calus describes how he used the OXA machine to learn the story of the Hive, have a listen,

Let me tell you a story from the OXA machine. Once upon a time, a small people lived on a dangerous world. By nature they were petty and fearful. But they strove to be better, and together they overcame their fear.

Unto these people came a king, who said, “We are surrounded by enemies, we are weak and frail. But I have an answer. Eat these larvae, my people, and with their strength we will rise up.” Whenever anyone protested the king, the king said, “Are you working with our enemies? No? Then why are you afraid of our strength?”

Thus the king led the great people into slavery to their own fear. Ghaul will do the same.”

Without doubt this is the story of the Oryx and the Hive. If you do not know, the Hive made a symbiotic bond with the worm gods and introduced worm larvae to their bodies, prior to this, they were at the bottom of the food chain on the planet the fundament. The worm larvae to the Hive, are what Ghosts are to Guardians. The Worm gods are an agent of the Darkness, just like the Traveler is an agent of the Light, the worm larvae are an extension of the Worm gods, just like ghosts are an extension of the traveler.

The most interesting thing about this part of the invitation, is that Calus understands the consequence of the worm bargain, the king lead the great people into slavery, when Oryx made the deal with the worm gods he forced his kind into slavery, because they were forced to continue killing in order to feed their worms, and if they did not feed their worms, the worms would consume them. It seems like Calus understood this, and once again this reinforces the power of the OXA machine created by the psions.

I really really wanted Calus to actually be controlled by Oryx’s sister, Savathun, who I believe to be the current leader of the Taken. There is actually some evidence for and against this, the main evidence against this is that Calus talks so negatively about the worm bargain. Have a listen to the end of the invitation again, where I think Calus disagrees with what the Hive did to gain power, it reads,

I say this to you, oh champion mine, and I say it from my heart: there are those who would bargain away their souls just to live a little longer. I am not them. Life must be worth living. Life must be lovely and delicious and enviably sweet! Nothing has ever lived that will not die, so what matters is how we use our time…

Whilst I think you could interpret this paragraph as Calus not agreeing with the worm bargain, some may argue that Calus’s language hints that he is being controlled by Savathun, Oryx’s sister, or maybe even that Calus no longer lives, and the Savathun in all her trickery is using Calus Robots.

The main reason for this is the use of the words, “oh champion mine” and “Nothing has ever lived that will not die”. Oh Champion mine is the same phrasing used in the Books of Sorrows when talking about the Worms for example in Verse 1:5 The Needle and the Worm, Savathun, Oryx’s sister, gains possession of a white worm. This worm belonged to her father, the Osmium King. The white worm is dead, however it speaks to her and says, “listen closely, oh vengeance mine…” The dead worm would later guide the three sisters to discover the ship Needle and consequently lead the sisters to discover their Worm gods on the Fundament.

Does the use of “oh champion mine” indicate that Calus has also formed a pact with the worms, it surely would explain all the worm like symbols on the Leviathan. The second quote, nothing has ever lived that will not die, is directly from the Crota raid weapon, Fang of Ir Yut, Ir Yut being a deathsinger. The Fang of Ir Yut reads,

This is the shape and the point of the tooth: nothing has ever lived that will not die.

Does this Hive related language leave a clue about the involvement of the Hive?



The other really exciting thing about this paragraph, is that this phrase is not just associated with the worm gods but also the ahamkara. The Dragons that made bargains. In Destiny 1 the Young Ahamkara’s spine reads “ give me your arm, oh bearer mine. Let me help you fill the world with teeth”.

And The Claws of Ahamkara says, “Look at all this life, oh bearer mine. There is so much left to burn.”

The similarities in phrasing between the Ahamkara and the worms left many wondering what the relationship is between the Ahamkara and the worms, are they the same, are they different, are they the same species, is the language more to do with the darkness and the impact of the darkness. We don’t know. All we can say at this point, is that Calus, the Ahamkara and the Worms use similar phrasing, oh bearer mine, oh vengeance mine, oh champion mine.

Regardless of the significance of this, what we do know is that Calus has been travelling for a very long time recruiting from the most powerful species in the universe, and in addition he may have discovered something far more powerful than the light, whether this is the darkness or something else, we don’t know. Have a look at the raid sword, “It Stared Back”

The Leviathan came to a halt before a wall of infinite void. It could go no further, as the navigation system had suffered a cataclysmic failure. The course that the conspirators had set crossed a space that simply didn’t exist.

I don’t know how long we traveled. Years? Millennia? Time had ceased to have meaning as I wallowed in the despair of my exile. But this event shook me out of my stupor. At the edge of the universe, we had found something. No—we had found a nothing.

From the seat of my observation chamber, I stared into the perfect void. Only I, a god, could understand what I witnessed. It was a thing greater than myself. And if such a thing exists, then I, too, can become more.

In fact, the final words of Calus’s robot also implies that Calus discovered some power, the mission dialogue actually changes but if you defeat Callus you may get this line.

“If you seek the means to live to your potential, I can guide you to it. There is power in this universe beyond your feeble light. I leave you with those words, and these parting gifts. Take them, and grow fat from strength. Emperor Calus has spoken.”

And this

“Everything you know is a lie. There is a truth beyond what your people and your Speaker have told you.” “I can take you to that truth, if you seek me out. These gifts are a reminder of my words.” “Emperor Calus has spoken”


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