Destiny 2 lore: Cult of the nine

Character(s) lore: The nine

The Cult of the Nine!?

We followed the path. The Path crumbled beneath our feet. Our feet became one mind. One mind can absorb the truth. The Truth is that Osiris understands nothing. I have forgotten loneliness uncertainty life alone. Alone I see with my six eyes. Eyes watching from beyond the heliopause. The heliopause is a curtain before the next and final act.

Welcome back guardians. Today we are talking about the hidden message within three different exotic items, the Aeon Swift for the Hunter, the Aeon Safe for the Titan and the Aeon Soul for the Warlock. The lore tabs for these items at first glance appear to be gibberish, however when combined in the correct way, they form a cohesive message. The message appears to be from a cult that we have not seen before, the Cult of the Aeons.

In this video I want to present how this message is deciphered and then present a theory that the Cult of Aeons are linked to the Nine, similar to how we had the Cult of Osiris and the Trials of Osiris, we might now have the Cult of the Aeons and the Trials of the Nine.

I was first linked the method to decipher the Cults message from Baxter from the Ischtar Collective, who linked a post from TKfromthe90s and FutureLoreCult, formerly Betachieftan who both provided the process for deciphering the Cults message. A link will be below.

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The item descriptions for each exotic, the Aeon Swift, the Aeon Safe or the Aeon Soul is exactly the same, this in itself is unusual but very significant, which I will explain soon, however the item description is the sentences that introduces the new cult, it reads,

“We are unique emanations of the same shared Light.” —Cult of the Aeons

The Exotic perk, Aeon Energy grants grenade energy, barricade energy or dodge energy to nearby Aeon Cult allies, i.e. other guardians wearing the exotic item.

So, I believe the message hidden in the Lore tab is from the Cult of the Aeons, it is a message from the Cult to us.

Before we get to how the Cult of the Aeons is linked to the Nine, lets first decipher this message. All of the items Aeon Swift, Aeon Safe and Aeon Soul have both round and square brackets in very odd positions throughout the paragraph.

Those clever guardians I mentioned in the introduction, recognized that the square and round brackets were part of the puzzle and that the paragraph should be read by alternating between the contents of the round and square brackets.

For example, Aeon Swift looks like this,

“[
(we followed [the Path) crumbled beneath
(our feet] became [one mind) can absorb
(the truth] is that Osiris
understands [nothing) can describe the
joy of shared (thought] you knew what
they were didn’t [you) haven’t lived
as they (do] you wish to find [your future)
is (predetermined] individuals will never
find [answers) lie in forbidden (places]
bound by [shared dreams) will reveal
(your nature]
is to [destroy)”

The first sentence is the round brackets, “We followed the Path”, the second sentence is the square brackets, “the path crumbled beneath our feet”, the third sentence alternates back to the round brackets, “our feet became one mind”, and you can keep alternating between these sentences to reveal the true message.

Once you have done this for each exotic item, you can combine the lore tabs from Aeon Swift, Safe and Soul together to get the complete message from the Cult of the Aeons.

The order that you put the Swift, Safe or Soul in, is determined by a single open and a single closed square bracket. i.e. Aeon Swift starts with an open square bracket so is thought to be the very first entry and Aeon Soul finishes with a lone closed square bracket so is thought to be the last entry. Aeon safe has neither an open or closed square bracket so predicted to be the middle text.

Therefore, the order that you should read this message in is, Aeon Swift from the Hunter, Aeon Safe from the Titan and Aeon Soul from the Warlock. When you do this, this is what the final message says,

We followed the path. The Path crumbled beneath our feet. Our feet became one mind. One mind can absorb the truth. The Truth is that Osiris understands nothing. Nothing can describe the joy of shared thought. Thought you knew what they were didn’t you. You haven’t lived as they do. Do you wish to find your future. Your future is predetermined. Predetermined individuals will never find answers. Answers lie in forbidden places. Places bound by shared dreams. Shared dreams will reveal your nature. Your nature is to destroy.

Destroy your sense of self. Self-preservation coddles leaders into ritual complacence. Complacence is something I have forgotten. I have forgotten loneliness uncertainty life alone. Alone I see with my six eyes. Eyes watching from beyond the heliopause. The heliopause is a curtain before the next and final act. Act decisively to meld with yourselves. Yourselves will know you. You together alone striving toward your final purpose. Purpose built to move as they move.

Move to stand apart from your heroes. Heroes are commonplace these days. Days of change draw ever closer. Closer looks at what is forbidden can only help. Help them help you. You are so afraid of taboos. Taboos must be overthrown. Overthrown rulers would agree I’m sure. Surely you are convinced by now. Now go and find yourselves.

Obviously, there are multiple interpretations of this text, it is incredibly cryptic and I just want to present two different interpretations. The first theory I want to suggest is that the Cult of the Aeons, is like a revival cult to that of Osiris, they are pursuing the Vex, but succeeded where the Cult of Osiris failed. Secondly, I want to draw the links between the Cult of the Aeons and the Nine. And there are some really good links.

Ok, so my first interpretation, this is a revival Cult to that of Osiris and they are pursuing Vex technology and time travel to also change the future. The reason why I think is, they say,

“The Truth is that Osiris understands nothing”

They then go on to speak about how they formed one mind and they speak about the predetermined future. They obviously don’t like Osiris but they appear to be centered around changing the future. I get the impression that they had similar goals to the Cult of Osiris, but unlike the Cult of Osiris who turned out to just be a Cult of fan boys, this cult seemed to achieve some progress.

They talk about joining minds. The path crumbled beneath our feet, our feet became one mind. They even talk about alone I see with six eyes.

This gives me the impression that three guardians have melded together forming a single entity, hence, alone I see with Six eyes. This makes sense in the context of the armor, there are three armor pieces one for each class and the perks of the armor affects those also wearing, it is like the armor connects the guardians wearing it, with the ultimate goal of three guardians becoming one and sharing one mind.

Thinking about this concept of 3 guardians becoming one, the item description makes more sense,

“We are unique emanations of the same shared Light.” —Cult of the Aeons

So that is my first theory, three guardians were walking this vex path, the path crumbled beneath their feet, they fell into the vex system, where their minds were joined into one and they now look down upon other people like Osiris and his Cult as they believe their understanding of the Vex system is poor. Alternatively, I think you could also argue that the melding of minds, may be a single person from three different timelines, i.e. if you could combine your past self, with your present self and future self, i.e. 3 sets of eyes. This is reinforced when the message says,

Act decisively to meld with yourselves. Yourselves will know you. You together alone striving toward your final purpose.

There are many other interpretations of this paragraph, but I want to now link this Cult with the Nine because this gets really interesting. The first thing I thought of, when thinking about multiple entities sharing one mind, was the Emissary of the Nine. For anyone who has played Trials of the Nine, you would have heard the emissary speak and you likely would have noticed that her voice is actually multiple voices and if you listen carefully you can even hear a male voice hidden in her dialogue.

This made me start to think if the Emissary has undergone this process that the Cult of the Aeons describe, the joining of multiple minds, and I started to wonder if the Nine and this Cult were linked.

This idea that the Cult of Aeons is linked to the Nine, or may be recruiters for the Nine, or may hold the secrets to reach the Nine, is soley reinforced by a single word in the message, Heliopause. Firstly, what is the Heliopause in real life,

In a completely separate Reddit post user IHzero had one of the best laymen definitions of the Heliopause and related it to destiny, it said,

The heliopause is often used as a short hand for the limits of our solar system. It’s where the “noise” from our sun reaches equilibrium with the stellar medium. So it should be quiet enough to detect weak signals from far away systems that would otherwise be downed in the output from the Sun.

Meditating past the heliopause would be akin to meditating in the deep forest, free from the noise of civilization and far outside the Traveler’s light. Those ghosts may have been privy to amazing interstellar phenomena, cosmic background radiation, and other impressive views of the greater galaxy.

So it is the outer limits of our system and seems like a good place to detect signals from elsewhere. So, the message from Cult of the Aeons said this about the Heliopause,

I have forgotten loneliness uncertainty life alone. Alone I see with my six eyes. Eyes watching from beyond the heliopause. The heliopause is a curtain before the next and final act. Act decisively to meld with yourselves. Yourselves will know you. You together alone striving toward your final purpose.

Eyes watching beyond the heliopause, who is watching us beyond the Heliopause, if we can understand that we might understand the Cult of the Aeons better. Well, the heliopause is intricately linked to the Nine. The Ghost Fragment: legends 2 reads,

The Nine are Ghosts who pierced the Deep Black without a ship and meditated on the hissing silence of the heliopause.

Hissing silence is a very peculiar way to describe the silence of space, but is hinting at that if you can reach this area the silence may lead to a discovery. When you search for this sentence, hissing silence, in the destiny database, you will discover it is in the Trials of the Nine weapon, Adjudicator, it reads,

You sought us out in the deep black.
meditation wasn’t enough for you
GO AND TOUCH THE HISSING SILENCE
Do not fear being submerged.
Not many ships go that far, these days.
you went through hell to get one, and then again to get out there
YOU FOUND THE DEVIL HIMSELF.
A G O L D E N S N A K E A D E V I L W H O P O S E S A S G O D

So now we have a Destiny 1 grimoire card and destiny 2 item talking about ghosts that went beyond the heliopause without a ship and meditated, and it is implied that the sought out the Nine. The story of these Nine ghosts is seen to continue in the lore tab for the Long Walk which describes Nine ghosts that went into the Deep without a ship and character called Orin is asking what they discovered, it reads,

Eight sparks. A ninth, dim in the corner. And Orin in the middle.]
ORIN: Are we all here? Come into the light, please.
G-9: I like where I am.
ORIN: They said you all went to the deep without a ship. How?
G-7: Our charges are gone, but we’re still creatures of Light. No different from the one you carry in your pocket.
ORIN: You’re all either very brave or very foolish.
G-6: You sound like Shaxx.
G-5: She does. I’m glad my charge is gone.
G-4: Don’t say that.
G-5: It’s true.
G-4: Don’t say it out loud. Some of us go our whole lives without finding one. Show some respect.
G-5: Don’t talk like you’re better than me. You’re in here, too.
ORIN: Please. I’m sorry to call you all here, but—
G-2: You’re not sorry.
ORIN: I need to know what you found out there.
G-9: Nothing.
ORIN: At least give me the coordinates.

So now we have a story about Nine ghosts that went beyond the Heliopause, without their guardians, or either lost their guardians, mediated in the hissing silence and discovered something. Well what did they discover, well like the reddit user said, going past the heliopause into the silence, may allow you to pick up signals that otherwise would not be detected, so maybe they intercepted signals from the Nine. This is further reinforced by the dialogue from the emissary when you go flawless as she says,

Listen in the direction of the Corona-Borealis supercluster. Pierce the Lightless void beyond the northern skies and meditate in the hissing silence.

And the Ghost fragment Legends 2 reads,

The Nine arrived in a mysterious transmission from the direction of the Corona-Borealis supercluster.

So to summarise, the message from the Cult of the Aeons says that they will be watching with six eyes, Eyes watching from beyond the heliopause. And we now know that 9 ghosts went beyond heliopause, meditated in the silence and discovered something, I speculating that they discovered something about they nine considering their story is detailed in the Trials of the Nine gear and that transmissions has come from the Corona-borealis supercluster.

As you can see, this one word in hidden in the Aeon Cult message, heliopause, unravelled a string that traced all the back to the Nine, then Nine beyond the heliopause. If the Cult of the Aeons are beyond the Heliopause I am almost certain they are aligned with the Nine.

Their hidden message has described their ascension, the melding of minds, an ascension that may be necessary to reach the Nine.

If we dare to venture to the Nine there are likely other dangers on the edge of our system, something that the Nine have detected and sent warning of, The heliopause is a curtain before the next and final act,

[end cutscene with triangle ships]

That concludes this latest Destiny 2 Lore episode. iF you woiuld like to support the channel leave the word, Heliopause, to support the connection between the Cult of the Aeons and the Nine. As usual it has been a pleasure, this is myelin games. Peace.