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Destiny: An Origin Story

Hi everyone! Imagination time!

It’s been exactly 2 weeks since Destiny: The Taken King came out, and I’ve been totally enjoying it over my first few hours as a new Guardian. But more than just the gameplay which is obviously fun, what continues to interest me are the “Grimoires” you gain throughout your time in Destiny.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Destiny, Grimoires are these little cards you collect over time in the game as you defeat enemies, complete missions and interact with the world. They contain little facts, accounts, and stories which form the background of Destiny and its lore.

So far, I’ve gotten quite a few of them – not much, but enough to give me some basic information about the setting of the game. And together with some “story cutscenes” that I’ve watched over my few hours in-game, I decided to have some fun with whatever knowledge I have as of now.

I present to you a prologue to my own imagination of the Destiny story. Because the story of Destiny isn’t really clear-cut (from what I know), it gives us the freedom to tell our own stories. Whether you’re a Destiny player or not, I hope you have fun reading this as much as I did writing it. So without further ado, here’s the introduction to my story (which may or may not take form eventually) that is set within the Destiny universe:

– PROLOGUE –

We were at the height of biological research and technological advancements. Centuries ago, the intelligence of mankind has brought us further than we could ever imagine. But of course, we were not perfect, and so was the same for our world. Poverty, violence, disease. They all existed. It was also the truth that our advancements came with a price. The resources of our home – Earth were gradually being used up and the “health” of our planet, as many would call it, was declining.

With the fear within them that the Earth would eventually come to a lifeless end, mankind looked towards the stars, in search of a possible alternative for Home. Countless space explorations were initiated and humans were sent to neighboring planets in our Solar System, all with the hope of finding life beyond Earth. One exploration in particular, changed us forever.

Tom Irons, Robert Cross and Leon Woodley were dispatched to Mars after images from robotic orbiters revealed a strange body of mass emerging from the northern region of the planet. Their mission was to investigate the strange phenomenon, and at the same time search the surface of the planet for possibilities of inhabiting it.

“Maybe aliens do exist,” Tom joked as the space capsule approached the planet at incredible speed. “Oh I’ve seen them,” Robert replied with a slight giggle. “They have Irons as their last name.” Laughter was heard throughout their communication systems. “Alright guys, we’re here!” Leon announced as they breached the atmosphere. And before they knew it, the crew made a soft and successful landing.

With a heart full of expectancy but with a slight hint of fear, they stepped out of the capsule and onto the dusty butterscotch ground. Mountains and formations of rock sat in the distance while particles of dirt danced through the air. Something about this foreign world drew them to it. Then it began. The crew trekked in one direction up north, towards the location the large mass was last spotted at. Time passed. It could have been forty-five minutes or an hour.

But it was there and then when they came to the foot of what seemed to be a volcano. And just by glancing at one another with a smile, the three started to make a climb up the slopes with one accord, as if each of them could read the minds of the ones by their side. Well, they were best buddies after all.

“Maybe we can spot the thing from up there,” Robert pointed towards the summit. Tom could see the slight fatigue on his face behind the visor. He turned to Leon as he started to speak his usual words of encouragement, “Yup! Almost there!” The slopes gradually became gentler and easier to traverse. Eventually, it became a flat plain; they have reached the top. And at the top, was when mankind saw it for the very first time.

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Looming overhead was the huge body of mass. It was round in form and the color of snow. And it brought with its arrival something unexpected on Mars – rain. “It’s raining on Mars?” Tom looked up at the sky in disbelief and excitement as the first drops of water landed on his helmet. “It is!”

It was a historical day and time for mankind as they watched the sphere move across the entire Solar System. For with it brought miracles and life never seen before. With it brought transformations to our world and what we knew about it. With it brought strength, cure and Light. With it brought The Golden Age.

And of course, we named this embodiment of hope that swept across our stars.

We called it The Traveler.

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