Tempest | Shaxx & Mara Sov
(Art by @kevinRAGES [Twitter], coloration by ADAM-104 [Reddit]. Links at bottom of post.)
By now, if you’re into lore at all you’ve probably heard about the bits involving Mara Sov, Shaxx, and the Wishing Wall. We’ve talk about it a bit here on moot before, but we have new lore now and a video from Myelin Games. With Forsaken came the first lore entry:
👾 Mark of the Great Hunt 👾
Mara stared at the Wall of Wishes. She had no more bargains to make. Her plans were in motion.
There was nothing left but the wait.
She pulled a sidearm from a hidden holster and cracked a dozen rounds into the Wall.
The cosmic balance shifted. Somewhere in the Dreaming City, Riven heard the Queen's wish and a thousand shrieking tears in reality cut through the space in front of her.
Lord Shaxx suddenly blocked Mara's view of the Wall.
"—YES, AND WE'D ALL BE DEAD!" He was screaming at no one, with a mug of caffeine in his fist.
He started, almost spilling his coffee. "Where are we?"
Mara slapped the mug out of his hand. It shattered on the floor. She shoved a weathered book in his face. "I told you there would come a time when I collect for the Reef Wars. Read this. Out loud."
"No one tells me what to do," he said, grabbing the book and incinerating it in a bolt of Striker lightning. "I can recite The Tempest by heart." And he did. Mara sat and listened. They stayed for a long time.
The helmet stayed on.
Insinuate what you will, as most of the community called that “Mara Sov’s booty call,” but that event may have had quite the impression on Shaxx, as a new lore entry from The Dawning event shows, this one from the perspective of Eva Levante:
👾 Say It with a Dawning Gift 👾
It's not only my customers who keep me running about. People are always coming to me for advice. Sometimes it's "This shader or that?" and "Does this mark look OK on me?" Sometimes it's "Should I hold a Dawning party?" or "Why should I go to their Dawning party?" But sometimes the questions are even more complicated.
I was stealing a moment of quiet one afternoon to organize all the jumbled rolls of wrapping paper, when I heard a resonant voice calling to me. How I jumped!
It was… a certain well-known Titan—not Zavala, but I will not tell you who. Eva Levante does not tattle about sensitive matters.
He was carrying a formidable piece of weaponry, a complicated curve of many metal parts with a thick string connecting the ends. "It's a compound bow," he explained, following my stare. "For shooting arrows." I raised my eyebrows in puzzlement.
On that weapon, he had placed a large pouf of red velvet ribbon. A bow on a bow.
I could tell from the tilt of his helmet and his taut grip on the weapon that something was amiss.
I sighed. I saw this a few times every Dawning. I suspected he was smitten, and this would not be a short conversation.
"Warmest Dawning greetings to you, Torito!" (That is not his actual name, naturally; it is a made-up name.)
"Eva Levante. They say you should give a Dawning gift when you… have a special friend," he boomed, trying to whisper.
"Who is 'they'?" I laughed.
He ignored me. "I bought my friend this bow. Is it a good gift?"
"It all depends on your friend. What do they like? What ARE they like? Can you describe them?"
"She… likes to fight. She is regal. She is very…" The Titan paused. "Is a recurve bow more romantic than a compound bow?" (He managed to whisper this time.)
"Ahhh," I nodded knowingly. I wouldn't know the difference between those weapons, but I understood his problem.
"But maybe a book would be better?" he asked.
"Again, it depends which book you choose."
"I have read Ikora's 'On Circles: Revised Edition,' and it was very good."
"That is a terrible Dawning gift. Might I suggest literature?"
Torito tapped the horn on his helmet to reflect. "I did destroy a book of hers once. Should I replace it?"
"Maybe you should not remind her of a bad thing happening…"
He didn't reply to this, so I went on, "Perhaps this bow is already the right Dawning gift for your friend. Do you think she would use it?"
"Well, then," I smiled, "you have your answer. Happy Dawning to you and your friend both!"
"And to you, Eva. I hope your Dawning is one to remember."
Then the Titan thanked me, hefted the bow, and strode off.
So, things are getting spicy for Shaxx. Let’s hope we hear more in the future.
If you prefer, here’s Myelin Games’ video on the subject: https://youtu.be/itYcvZPWPeA
Artist links for the art at the beginning of the post:
https://twitter.com/kevinrages/status/1043667935028568064?s=21 & https://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame/comments/9i5cmb/comment/e6hep98?st=JPPZ253T&sh=4381357c
POPULARThis Week At Bungie - 12.13.18
“This week at Bungie, we began our celebration of the Dawning.
This year, the party is about more than just snowballs and Nova Bombs. Eva Levante has returned with a whole new way to spread some seasonal cheer. Mixing and matching various ingredients, you can become a Legendary Baker and earn some sweet loot along the way.
There were a few hiccups when the doors opened, but the skies have cleared, and now we’re set for a wonderful winter festival. Season of the Forge kicked off for all players of Destiny 2, and Ada-1 opened the doors of the Black Armory for those who seek to reforge the lost weapons of the Golden Age. Fun to think that we’re just getting started.
This week, we bring you news of updates and current investigations going on at Bungie. Let’s dig in.
Black Armory Investigations
Since the beginning of Season of the Forge, we’ve been monitoring the pulse of your gameplay. Some issues have been discovered since Black Armory and the Dawning, and we’d like to give an update on some of our highest-priority issues.
👾 Scourge of the Past 👾
• 24-hour completion:
- We are currently investigating an issue where qualifying players were not properly rewarded the Scourge of Nothing Emblem, nor the associated "Best of the Best of the Best" Triumph for completing the raid within 24 hours.
- Once addressed, players will be properly credited and receive appropriate rewards.
• Revive Tokens:
- We are currently investigating an issue where tokens are not removed appropriately when reviving team mates. This issue has been present since the launch of Destiny 2, but reproducing the issue for investigation has proven difficult. In Scourge of the Past, this seems to be occurring much more frequently.
- If you have encountered this issue, please post a report to the Help forum detailing your experience.
👾 Black Armory: Forges 👾
• Missing Weapon Frames:
- We are currently aware of an issue where weapon frames may be lost from inventory. We have identified the cause and are currently developing a fix.
- Until resolved, we recommend holding only one weapon frame from a specific forge in inventory at any given time.
• High-Value Targets:
- To unlock the Gofannon Forge, players must defeat a high-value target on Nessus for a specific quest step. Currently, only the player who lands the finishing blow is credited with defeating the enemy. We are currently developing a fix for a future update.
- We have identified an issue where Ballistics Logs and Modulus Reports do not recover to the postmaster. We are currently developing a fix for this issue, targeted to release in January. Until resolved, players should ensure they have appropriate space in their inventory, under both Pursuits and Consumables.
👾 General 👾
• Fastidious Miser:
- There is currently an issue where some players are unable to unlock the Fastidious Miser Triumph, even when fulfilling requirements. We’ve identified the root cause, but this issue will not be addressed next week. We are currently planning for a fix to be deployed in January.
Next week, we’re deploying an update to address various issues in the game and bring a few minor quality-of-life updates into the fold.
• Players under 600 Power will begin to receive higher-powered rewards when completing Director Challenges
- Developer commentary: This change is being made to build upon changes in Update 2.1.2, where we increased Power rewards from Prime Engrams.
• Fixing an issue where players did not receive the Harbinger’s Echo Sparrow when destroying all Ahamkara Eggs in the Dreaming City
• Fixing an issue where players who joined an in-progress forge activity would not receive rewards
• Fixing an issue where weapon frames would be removed from inventory when completing a different forge
• We have a fix planned in 2.1.3 to address issues affecting damage from 1000 Voices on PC
- Right now there is an issue where the weapon is doing more damage than intended at higher frame rates on PC. After Update 2.1.3, functionality will match between all platforms
• Fixing an issue where Season 5 shaders dismantled slowly
• Fixing an issue where players who did not earn the Crucible Solemnity shader could not complete the Crucible Badge
• Fixing an issue where players could not retrieve clan XP rewards from Hawthorne under certain circumstances
• Veterans of the Hunt Bundle
- Once Update 2.1.3 has been deployed, players should expect to receive this package later in the day. Stay tuned for updates.
Player Support is continuing to monitor the #Help forums for reports of new issues. Make sure to check out their recently created articles covering all vital information and known issues in Destiny 2. See the Player Support Report below for an update.
During the Dawning, you can look forward to more than just cookies and snow. Players who are keen to dish out pain in the Crucible have something delicious to play through the end of the 2018. Even if you aren’t a Legend, we’ve got some fun in store.
• Mayhem •
Began: December 11, 2018
Ends: December 25, 2018
You read that right. Two full weeks of Mayhem are on the books. If you’ve been missing this mode since the launch of Forsaken, you have ample time to sink your teeth into the chaos. Get out there and fight.
• Iron Banner / Increased Valor •
Begins: December 25, 2018
Ends: January 1, 2019
Lord Saladin is visiting during the Dawning, but isn’t coming for cookies. He’s come to oversee the power enabled combat of the Iron Banner. With Season 5, you have new armor to earn, and two Year 1 weapons returning to the fold with random rolls.
Bounties will function as they did at the end of Season 4, granting powerful rewards and unlocking rewards for direct purchase from Lord Saladin. Double Valor will be enabled from December 25 through December 28, followed by triple Valor from December 28 through January 1.”
Read on here for the full TWAB, Guardians: https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/47536
Some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time.
I just got a new gaming rig. It’s a beast, let me tell you. When I first stated Destiny 2 on my own, I started on an old computer that could barely run League; you could imagine how poorly Destiny ran.
This session of playing was the demo. It jittered, skipped, froze, though I powered through to see at least the farm. After that I called it quits, for now.
Despite this, I still claimed the free PC version down the road around November when they gave it away on Battlenet. I tried playing again, but got the same results obviously.
Then the expansions went on sale. I bought them.
Now I’m finally able to play this game at max settings and get a cool 60FPS with not a single drop or skip on frames, and, I can’t believe how fun this game is right now.
I don’t quite understand where the end-game hate is coming from (yet) but it’s not a bad game, by any means. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time leveling up and exploring; I’ve even held off on using the level skip that comes with forsaken as I don’t want to miss out on anything.
This game is honestly really something. Poor development choices and terrible DLC prices may plague the existence of this game but at its core is a solid shooter with a beautiful, bustling sci fi world.
Dawning Ingredients Gathering
To go alongside the recipe post, here is a list on how to obtain certain ingredients.
Cabal Oil – Cabal Kills
Chitin Powder – Hive Kills
Dark Ether Cane – Scorn Kills
Ether Cane – Fallen Kills
Taken Butter – Taken Kills
Vex Milk – Vex Kills
Bullet Spray – Kills using fast-firing weapons
Delicious Explosion – Kills using grenades
Electric Flavor – Arc Kills
Flash of Inspiration – Generate an orb of light
Impossible Heat – Solar Kills
Null Taste – Void Kills
Perfect Taste – Precision Kills
Personal Touch – Melee Kills
Sharp Flavor – Sword kills
To get essence you need to complete certain activities or events.
Patrols = 1-3 Essence
Public Events = 5 Essence
Heroic Adventure = 6 Essence
Strikes = 15-17 Essence
Gambit = 22 Essence
Nightfall = 23 Essence
Here is the link to the recipe list:
POPULARThis Week At Bungie - 12.6.18
“This week at Bungie, the Black Armory opened its doors.
A new mysterious section of the tower revealed itself and a new vendor by the name of Ada-1 sent you out to reclaim the Lost Forges. Your reward: The ability to craft the most powerful weapons of the golden age.
Many of you are still increasing your power to attempt this new challenge. Yesterday, we lowered the Power requirement of the Lost Forge encounters by five. This wasn’t a huge change. These Forges are meant to be aspirational extensions of the endgame. But we did want to make them more accessible to Guardians around 600 Power. You can read the full details of the change and our goals here.
For some of you the enemies guarding the Lost Forges are immune to your weapons. We promised more details for players who are still working their way up to 600 and beyond. Here is what we have planned to help you move more quickly up to 600.
• Prime engrams will now drop more frequently and with larger power bumps for players under 600 Power
This change is planned to land in the 2.1.2 update on December 11. We are also considering additional changes to assist with the Power climb in a future update. We will continue to monitor your feedback on Season of the Forge as it continues.”
Read the rest of the TWAB here, Guardians: https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/47518
POPULARThe Dawning 2018
"Come in, come in! Even you Guardians can catch a chill. Things have certainly changed since I last called this place home. But the Dawning is always here for us: just as we should always be here for each other."
When the Dawning last came to the City, a new Golden Age had just begun. Humanity had faced their greatest threat and emerged victorious, if not unscathed. Our Light had returned, brighter than ever. We were dazzled by the infinite possibilities in the world, and every day brought something new.
The return of something familiar can be like a welcome visit from an old friend. This year's Dawning is no exception. Our dear Eva Levante—who was instrumental in bringing the traditions of the Dawning to the Tower—returns with it.
Eva's fond memories of the heroes who share her home—and the friends she's made in her many years there—spurred her to write down some of her favorite recipes, and recall stories of Dawnings past. This year, she'll share them with some of her favorite Guardians, and help bring the spirit of togetherness back to the Tower.
• Baking the Goods •
Eva has returned to the Tower and brought her baking supplies with her. All players of Destiny 2 are invited to join the celebration. She will provide the oven and some ingredients to get you started, but you will need to go out into world to gather more ingredients by defeating enemies and completing various activities in Destiny 2.
Once you have your ingredients, you can start combining them to create some tasty treats like Gjallardoodles or Chocolate Ship Cookies. We’ll give you a few recipes to get you started, but it’s up to you to try different combinations and discover which ones turn into the most delicious cookies. Be careful: mismatched ingredients result in burnt edges.
You might be asking: “What do I do with all these cookies?” Friends you’ve made throughout the solar system are eager to receive your baked good as gifts. They will show their thanks by rewarding you in their own ways. There will also be bounties to complete along with your cookbook. Here’s a preview of the rewards you’ll have a chance to earn:
- Enhancement Cores
- Legendary Gear
- Avalanche Heavy Machinegun, featuring random rolls
That’s not all you will earn while you celebrate the Dawning. As you gather ingredients and bake items, you will also progress towards unlocking this festive new Sparrow.
Your new ride will come equipped with some very special perks.
• Glimmer Boost
While boosting, the Sparrow spawns a glimmer present every few seconds, until boost runs out. Glimmer presents burst open after a moment so that players can acquire the glimmer.
Only active during the dawning.
• Glimmer Trick
When the player lands a trick with the Sparrow, 3 to 5 glimmer presents are spawned.
Only active during the Dawning.
• Instant Summon
Reduces Sparrow summon time significantly.
Dedicated bakers will also have triumphs to pursue. Those who unlock all the Triumphs during the Dawning will be flying in style.
• Double Drops •
A new event means new wares from Eververse. During the Dawning, we’re continuing the tradition of double Engram drops. All players who are at max level (depending on what content they own) will receive both a Bright Engram and a Dawning Engram on every level-up. There will also be a “knock-out” list on the Dawning Engram, preventing you from receiving duplicate items until you’ve earned all of the new items.
Do you have a stockpile of Bright Dust piling up? Tess will also offer ingredient packs in exchange for Bright Dust. If you don’t have a lot of Bright Dust and are worried about other players getting to bake all their goods without having to play, don’t worry—that won’t be the case. Eva’s Holiday Oven requires Essence of Dawning, which can only be acquired by playing activities in game. So even if you want to stock up on some ingredients with your extra Bright Dust, you still need to go out in the world to earn the fuel to fire up your oven.
For more information concerning the Dawning, be sure to check our Dawning Guide on help.bungie.net.
Thank you for another wonderful year. We hope you'll join us in the Tower for this special celebration.
The Dawning begins on Tuesday, December 11.
The Dawning ends on Tuesday, January 1.
Thoughts thus far on new update
Black armory is here and all the muggles and wizards out there, pipped up there mana and was all excited!
Fresh content. YES! This is wonderful. And it’s only been 3 months since forsaken dropped. That’s awesome!
All the new weapon concepts. The area extensions. The ideas. All of it is great!
THE TOPSY-TURVY 🔺
I’ve always liked when the devs opened up a once before, locked door. The new tower area, the EDZ forge for example.
New secrets and discoveries.
That art work and weapon concepts are exceptional!
The forge concept as a new type of public event, similar to escalation protocols are a great idea as well, and the simple fact it finds you teammates are wonderful.
Lifted light level is always a plus. Gives us something to work towards. And a new raid!!! New LORE!!!
THE BASS AKWARDS🔻
I spent some hours grinding the new weapon quest only to discover, the forge is a recommended light level of what was 610, NOW it’s 605...not much difference there, but it’s understood on why.
It’s meant to be hard. It’s a challenge. Being a wizard, I love a good challenge!
But what is upsetting is that I’m still 555 light level and I can’t even attempt it. All immune to enemies.
It would be great if it was tiered difficulty to my light level and it can still be difficult as hell depending on encounter creativity on the dev side.
Only thing to do is grind out some more and get closer to 600 light level.
It’s rough out here for the casual gamer and someone who can’t hard core play it. Which is how it should be!! Don’t change that, but there is an answer to this for casual gamers as well to be involved.
Idk, it’s A strange tango.
Now that the light level is increased, I’m unsure if the soft caps are still in place or did they remove them so I can catch up easier?
If they didn’t remove them, it’s gonna be awhile till I get to experience the Annual pass I purchased....
Let me know your thoughts and tips!
Black Armory Update!
“Effective immediately, we’ve made some changes to the Power requirements for the Lost Forges of the Black Armory.
In previous conversations about the Season of the Forge, we discussed our new development goals. With the Annual Pass, we set out to deliver an extension to the Destiny 2 endgame. We want to create a series of aspirational challenges to keep your hobby fresh.
Over the past day, we’ve been taking in your feedback. It's become clear that we made the initial Power requirements for the Lost Forges too high, keeping those sweet new rewards out of reach. Some players at 600 Power have been unable to dive in and beat the final boss without grinding for new Power first.
We have just delivered a server-side update to reduce the Power requirements for all the encounters in the Lost Forges by five. We fully acknowledge that this is a small move, but it is the one that we can make today. This is not the full extent of the changes to the player experience that we are investigating, but it should give Guardians at 600 Power a better chance at completing the activity.
This response doesn’t answer all of your questions. There are still many of you asking how you can catch up and acquire the Power you need to join the quests to recover these Lost Forges. The answers to those questions are coming. We have some existing plans and some new ideas in the pipeline. That conversation will continue tomorrow in “This Week At Bungie.”
Thanks for playing. Thanks for your feedback. Keep reporting on your experiences out there in the wild.”
How do you feel about this, Guardians? It’s a welcome change, I think, but I wasn’t personally too particularly bothered by the high difficulty.