Destiny 2 Lore – Lakshmi Is Singing Savathun’s Song… And That’s Bad News For The Last City

Lakshmi is waging a war of propaganda against the Eliksni inside the Last City, and this week there has been a flare-up and an outburst of violence against our visitors. Today I want to look at why Lakshmi is doing this, evidence to suggest Savanthun is infecting the people of the Last City from the inside, and what this could mean for the future.

Season of the Splicer started with the Last City being plunged into endless darkness through a Vex simulation, and us aligning with Mithrax the leader of House Light. Ikora offered them refuge at the base of the Last City, however, some factions in the city are not too pleased about this new arrangement.

We first heard of the dissent among the ranks early in the season, with Lakshmi and her speech about us needing her help, given the Future War Cult’s ability to see into the future via a Vex device. Let’s have a look at what she had to say.

Lakshmi talks about seeing visions of Mithrax in the Last City, standing over smoke and rubble. Lakshmi is worried her visions are going to come true and given we’ve let the Eliksni inside our walls, they will turn on us and destroy the Last City. Lakshmi states she’s reported these visions to the Vanguard, however, her warnings have fallen on deaf ears, so she’s taking matters into her own hands by broadcasting propaganda through the radio waves.

Lakshmi believes she’s acting in the best interest of the Last City by acting in this way and believes Ikora and Zavala are being unreasonable by letting the Eliksni stay. Ikora has responded by getting on the airwaves herself in an attempt to calm the tensions in the city.

Things came to a boiling point this week with humans attacking the Eliksni camp, and destroying their belongings. But this could all be part of the plan, a plan devised by Savathun herself. There’s growing evidence that Savathun has infiltrated Future War Cults systems, and Savathun could be influencing the people in the Last City, to stoke fear and tension, so the people fight amongst themselves.

Savathun, sister of Oryx and Xivu Arath, is a Hive god and the currently reigning Witch Queen. She gains power from deception and confusion, and this whole situation could be part of her plans to take down humankind. What’s better than winning a battle? It’s not having to fight one in the first place, and cause infighting among your enemies and let them do all the work for you.

Let’s have a look at some of the evidence. There’s some lore on the Deicide, a Legendary Energy Shotgun introduced in Season of the Splicer. This holds some interesting clues.

The Deicide Lore
“Believe in war, and nothing else.” —Lakshmi

Encoded private ping via HDN Proxy Router…

Ikora, thought you’d want to see this. It presents as binary in our systems, but something is splicing hashes in. I pulled it from the Tower’s Nexus Iso-feed. It’s all over FWC networks… and elsewhere.

| 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# || 01100011.# 01000101 01000110.# 01000100.# 01000010 01000100.# 01000101 01000001.# ||

My guess is the lettering indicates some kind of audible tone-code pattern, but I haven’t listened to it.

One of my subordinates has isolated minor pitch fluctuations represented here as: “#”.

These are foreign elements to otherwise normal binary code.

See attached report for archival information on binary code.

—Aunor

If you run this code through a binary decoder then you get a bunch of letters

cEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEAcEFDBDEA

If you play these letters on an instrument, then you get Savathun’s Song. It’s a little unclear as to what Savathun’s Song does, but I think it’s widely accepted that if you sing the tune, then it cannot be forgotten and it can open a doorway into your mind to allow Savanthun to enter, and potentially take control.

Here we have an example of Savathun’s Song in the Future War Cult network, which could indicate that Savathun is manipulating Lakshmi and influencing her visions of the future. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Savathun’s Song in the game with Shaxx known to sing the song, as well as Crow whistling it in the H.E.L.M. The infection may be wider than we thought, and the pressure is building with violence breaking out against the Eliksni.

As well as Lakshmi broadcasting propaganda against the Eliksni, she’s also actively plotting a coup against the Vanguard, openly discussing replacing Zavala as leader of the Vanguard with someone else.

Beneath the Endless Night Lore Book
IV – CONSPIRATORS

“Hideo and I are concerned about the current Vanguard leadership,” Lakshmi began carefully.

Jalaal allowed himself a mirthless chuckle. “Yes, I’ve heard your open editorials. You’re becoming quite the demagogue. I never knew you held such strong feelings about the Fallen.”

“If it’s incitement to speak the truth, then so be it,” Lakshmi fired back, sharper than intended. “The Fallen have been a useful catalyst, but that doesn’t mean we are wrong.”

“Perhaps not about the Vanguard,” Jalaal replied, “but the Cult is hemorrhaging members. And I doubt it’s your best and brightest remaining.”

“Those who wish to leave are free to do so,” Lakshmi said with a pointed glance toward the Dead Orbit ship. “We’ll be stronger without them.”

“Zavala and Ikora have been ineffective since the Speaker died,” Executor Hideo cut in. “The disappearance of the planets caught them unprepared. They’re allowing Guardians to use the Darkness. And now they’ve cut a deal with the Cabal? It’s just too much.”

“We must have leadership whose point of view is more closely aligned to that of the people,” Lakshmi said.

“And who do you propose, exactly?” Jalaal stopped the trio at the corner of a broad thoroughfare, where the rumble of cargo movers masked their conversation.

“Saladin was our first choice,” Hideo added with an ill-concealed smirk, “but he’s not as cutthroat as he seems. Appears the Iron Lord has a soft spot for Commander Zavala.”

Lakshmi gave Hideo a look, as though he had revealed too much. “We are now considering Saint-14,” she said, pointedly bringing the conversation back to the present.

Jalaal raised an eyebrow. “Who else is committed to your little coup?”

“We have somebody in a position of influence. Someone who can ensure an orderly transfer of power,” Lakshmi answered.

“That person would have to be very clever indeed,” Jalaal said gravely. “For your sake. Ikora Rey is not a target to miss.”

Here we have members of the factions in the Last City, openly discussing replacing Zavala with Saint-14.

If there was any doubt that Lakshmi has been infected by Savathun’s influence, then all doubt was removed this week when Lakshmi sings ‘the song of the people’ when she’s trying to sweet talk our Guardian into forgiveness over her actions.

If Lakshmi is right, then the people of the city are singing Savathun’s song, and we’re in a lot of trouble.

What does this mean for the future? Are the people going to rise up against the Vanguard? The violence has already started with a backlash against Eliksni. We have Lakshmi plotting to remove Zavala and an unknown quantity of people singing Savathun’s Song in the Last City. We’ll have to wait to find out what this means, but I don’t think it’s good news for us and the current leaders of the Vanguard.

One thing we do know is we’re working towards The Witch Queen coming early 2022, and this is going to be the next major expansion from Bungie in Destiny 2. Savathun is yet to reveal her true self, and she likes to use people like puppets to do her bidding. Maybe the question to ask is, who’s next?

Let me know down in the comments what you think about Lakshmi singing Savanthun’s Song, and what do you think is going to happen next?

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