For as much as I play Destiny 2, I still find myself missing things. This is something that was pointed out to me over the weekend that I frankly, had not noticed at all. Usually I am on top of things changing week to week like dots moving or the Almighty not appearing in the skybox, but this? I had missed this completely. I guess I don’t look up enough during the Interference mission.
Apparently, the Tree of Silver Wings, that giant tree in the middle of the Cradle that Eris is always chilling under is…under construction. Week to week, the giant Pyramid sitting over the cradle appears to be building something within the tree, kind of corrupting the top part of it, and it’s progressing in time.
Here’s what the tree looked like when we started the season:
And here’s what the tree looks like after more than a month:
Big changes, and it’s created a bit of a mystery that some fans have been tracking, but some may have missed entirely. Hence this post.
The Tree of Silver Wings is something of an ongoing mystery in Destiny. It spans all the way back to Destiny 1, where the lore tab of Ruin Wings talks about another silver tree:
“In the Garden grows a tree of silver wings. The leaves are ruin, the bark disaster. Of the seeds we do not speak.”
Now, we have a second exotic that’s tree-based, Ruinous Effigy. We have one skin that’s white/silver bark, and then the Eververse skin is the “corrupted” version with the angular, black pyramid texture that we’re now seeing at the top. The lore tab for Ruinous Effigy has Banshee talking about how the gun actually eats our light and…converts it, though not enough for it to hurt us or for us to really notice.
The tree acts as the communion point between Eris and the Darkness, and I suppose it’s possible that the more they talk, the more the top of the tree is corrupted and it’s just a sort of satellite dish.
But the shape of it has spawned a common theory, one that I’m not sure I agree with, but it’s worth considering. The idea is that the black circle that is forming is birthing a “Dark Traveler.” Xur has a line about how “Your Traveler has a dark mirror,” and the idea is that the Darkness is growing a black Traveler to act as its opposite.
I’m…not sure how I feel about this theory. When Xur said that (years ago) I think it’s pretty clear that the Pyramids are the Traveler’s dark mirror, and that wouldn’t be like literally a “black orb” Traveler that we’re seeing created now.
And yet, I don’t know.
This idea has me thinking about a truly wild theory that doesn’t quite make sense, but it occurred to me all the same. What if the Traveler was essentially the “child” of the Pyramids and the Darkness? But it figured out a different way to wield power (light) and escaped to try to give that gift to other races, and was pursued by its “parents” across the galaxy. I mean, there is only one Traveler that we’ve seen, and now this tree could be birthing a second one, a “correct” one to work for the Darkness.
This idea doesn’t exactly work with the whole Gardener versus Winnower lore thing, representing by the Light and Darkness, but it does strike me as strange that there are a seemingly infinite number of Pyramids but only one Traveler. But hey, maybe two, soon. Though I do kind of doubt it.
Regardless, I will be keeping an eye on the tree week to week with updates and see how things evolve. I have no idea if this is going to turn into an object of great importance by the end of the (now extended) season, but we’ll have to wait (a very long time) and see.
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