“Sometime after Mara’s Ritual to unbind Savathûn from her worm, the planet Mars suddenly reappeared after being taken by the Darkness nearly a year ago, full of temporal distortions. The reappearance of Mars drew out Savathûn from hiding − and sparked a conflict with the newfound alliance between the Vanguard and Empress Caiatl’s fleet. While infiltrating Savathûn’s ship, a darkness artifact was found and after encountering some of the forces on the ship, Guardians discovered that Savathûn and her forces had gained access to the light. The Guardian ended up face-to-face with Savathûn after following her through a portal into her throne world, however, Savathûn used hive magic to swiftly kick the Guardian out of the Throne World. Both the news of the new Lucent Brood and Darkness artifact were shared with Ikora. The Guardian brought this new artifact to the recently discovered Enclave, a darkness relic hidden on Mars. Using the artifact, the Guardian was able to draw power from the darkness to unlock and manifest memories of any given object.
Ikora ordered Guardians to investigate Savathûn’s Throne World to learn more about Savathûn’s grand scheme. The Guardian was contacted by a Hive Ghost named Fynch, one who had regretted joining Savathûn’s forces. With the help of Fynch and intel from Ikora’s hidden, Guardians continued to make progress in finding out what Savathûn was up to. In this journey, the Guardian found the Alter of Reflection, which was used to fully uncover Savathûn’s memories. Items were found along the way, such as Sagira’s shell, a piece of Ory’s Tablet of Ruin and a worm familiar object, which helped fill in the pieces of Savathûn’s plan. It was also discovered that the Witness is the entity that controls the Darkness.
Continuing on, it was later discovered that Savathûn had actually died shortly after the exorcism in the Dreaming City, but it was the Traveler that brought Savathûn back to life. This revelation was a shock to many, especially the Vanguard, but the mission continued − Savathûn had to be stopped at all costs. In an attempt to gain the upper hand, Ikora used the worm familiar object to unlock a new memory that depicted the Witness coming up with a plan to trick Sathona (Savathûn’s younger self) and her sisters into freeing the Worm Gods by framing the Traveler for an imminent cataclysm, which led Savathûn and the Hive down the path they’ve been on until now.
Savathûn’s final plan came into motion − to pull the Traveler into her Throne World and seal it away. The Guardian was sent to the Throne World to confront her, show her the memory to disrupt her, then kill her. Showing her the memory was enough to catch her off guard enough to draw her out and kill her. Savathûn’s ghost, Immaru, however, managed to escape. Meanwhile, the Witness prepares the Black Fleet for an assault on the Solar System.
Following Savathun’s defeat, the Vanguard recovered her remains and the Guardians continued to work with Fynch to disrupt the Lucent Hive’s activities. Guardians also worked with Mara Sov to further uncover the secrets of the Throne World.”
SEASON OF THE RISEN
“After the incident on Mars, things were tense between the Vanguard and the Cabal. Nevertheless, they continued to work together alongside Lord Saladin and the Crow to learn more about the Hive Lightbearers. The H.E.L.M was retrofitted with Psion tech for this mission, technology that the Crow found to be cruel as it involved psychic warfare. Though progress was made due to the efforts of Guardians capturing Hive Lightbearers, the circumstances worsened when Crow attempted to shut down the psychic machinery, which killed Caiatl’s Psion emissary and close friend. Caiatl demanded Crow’s life for this but Lord Saladin intervened, offering his life instead. Caiatl agreed to the offer, though instead of killing him declared Saladin part of her Cabal War Council, giving him the Bracus rank.
Throughout the season, Guardians raided the sunken Pyramid on Savathûn’s Throne World, returned to Freehold, Mars to disrupt rebel Psion propaganda, and competed against one another in Guardian Games − Warlocks won. The Void subclass was improved for all classes, bringing about new customizations similar to that of Stasis. It was time to become volatile!”