It’s been a long-held theory that Destiny 2 will end up with a fifth subclass based around the concepts of Poison or Decay. For a while, the idea was that it might be rooted in Hive Soulfire, which seems like it might lend itself to the concept.
Now? The true source of our next subclass may have stared us in the face for years.
Do you remember the first time we saw Egregore, the strange growths that currently cover Leviathan? No, it wasn’t on the Glykon in Season of the Chosen. Rather, it was the Drifter’s first time in Forsaken, as he had growth kept behind glass from his miserable journey to a Darkness-infected ice planet (not Europa).
Now, as Egregore is currently set to take over our entire HELM spacecraft, a growing theory is that he could be the basis for our next subclass, and this maybe how we get our poison-based powers in the future, probably with Lightfall.
Why Egregore? Because it’s another manifestation of Darkness, similar to Stasis, but different. The Eidolon Ghost Shell lore this season has the best explanation, told second-hand by someone relaying information from Eris:
“BUT I have been informed by a certain hidden contact, Eris Morn, that the mushroom is similar to a synapse in a nervous system. She claims it is a physical manifestation of Darkness, like Stasis. But unlike Stasis, it appears to be an “unclean” manifestation – his words, not mine.
This ties in with a whole bunch of other Egregore lore, most of it tied to the new set of armor we got this season (pieces of which have green liquid dripping through tubes), prompting Eris to study this further. Here she tells the Drifter about her sample and where he got it from:
“Do you even remember where you found it?”
“Sister, you don’t want to know.” Eris fixes her eyes on the Drifter’s face. He steps back awkwardly and shrugs. “A frozen little nothing in the middle of nowhere. It has no name, and you don’t want to go there alone.”
“But could you take me?” Eris tests her defenses.
Drifter brushes the mottled fur off his shoulder pads and leans against a loose railing. “Only if we take your jumpship. And I drive.”
Later, she burns Egregore at the Ziggaraut Pyramid to test her reaction to this technology:
“The Ziggurat sounds like a tuning fork. The vibrations themselves take shape in the smoke, and Eris is drawn to a distant, empty place. She follows, and the smoke swirls with dots of color like stars, separated by lonely cracks of black expanse. Echoes radiate deep black like graviton ripples in space. They wash away the distortion on the stars until they shatter against four more dots – two taller, two weaker – ghostly strands of incorporeal egregore between them.
So while the egregore appears to be a form of communication to some degree, given that it is a manifestation of darkness like stasis, simply “impure”, it stands to reason that it could be used in the same way as stasis that we use to uh, kill a lot of things. We were essentially “gifted” Stasis by the pyramid, as was House Salvation, but here I wonder if Eris is manually working to turn Egregore into a tool we can use, and this is the beginning of that process.
It stands to reason that the idea of poison/decomposition could continue with what appears to be just…lots of coarse organic matter. I don’t know if it’ll be something like us pulling Egregore vines from our hand or covering an area in spores as a super, but who knows.
It’s just a theory, but keep an eye out for future seasons and other experiences with Eris and Egregore as we head into Lightfall.
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