Destiny 2 – Bungie Reveals Season of the Lost, with Mara Sov Returning

Bungie has revealed the name and the main character of the upcoming season 15 ahead of the reveal stream scheduled for 24th August 2021. We did get a heads up about this earlier, given a pretty big leak from the company Razor, with Mara Sov splashed all over banner ads which also included the name Season of the Lost. Today I am going to look at what this means for Season 15, plus give a quick recap on Mara Sov in Destiny.

It looks like some banner ads went live a little early yesterday, revealing the name of Season 15 plus revealing its lead character. Bungie then confirmed the leaks by tweeting ‘The Queen returns in Season of the Lost’, along with an image of Mara Sov, with Osiris. This is particularly interesting, given what’s been going on with Osiris this season.

Season 15 is going to be called Season of the Lost, and it features a returning Mara Sov as the lead character. Mara Sov is the Queen of the Awoken and has famously taken the fight to the Hive before, featuring heavily throughout the original Destiny, in particular waging war against the Taken King, Oryx.

It looks like we’re assembling a team of powerful allies to take on Savathun in the upcoming Witch Queen expansion. We have a truce with the Cabal through Caital, Mithrax and the Splicer Eliksni, and now a returning Mara Sov. We’re likely to need an expert team too, because Savathun is unlike any enemy we’ve battled before. Rather than use force, she’s the master of deception.

Let’s have a quick look back at the timeline and Mara’s influence in Destiny.

The Taken King

Mara Sov met Oryx’s fleet when he arrived in the Solar System with his Taken army, and Mara was defeated after Oryx fired The Dreadnaught’s weapon on the battle. Oryx took out most of his own fleet plus the Awoken Ships and Mara Sov dissappeared, thought to be dead, but it turned out this was only a distraction. This was part of a secret plan by Mara and Eris Morn, forcing Oryx’s forces back and allowing room for the Guardian to take on and ultimately defeat The Taken King.

Mara’s body was vaporised in the attack with most of her ship, but her consciousness was able to survive in a manner similar to that of Toland: a soul with no material form.

Forsaken

With Mara Sov gone Petra did her best to maintain order in The Reef, however, The Reef fell into chaos. Uldren, Mara Sov’s brother, then betrayed The Reef during the Forsaken campaign leading to a break out of the Prison of Elders, leading to the death of Cayde-6. The Guardian then sought to find and bring to justice Cayde’s killer.

One of the main motivating factors of Uldren’s mission was to find Mara. He believed that she was talking to him through visions and was trapped in the Dreaming City. Uldren was told he’d require a combination of Light & Darkness to free Mara, and when he reached his goal and thought he was about to free her, it morphed into the form of the Taken chimeric Servitor creature, the Voice of Riven. The Guardian killed this creature at the end of the Forsaken campaign and Uldren was killed; either by The Guardian or Petra.

Over the course of Forsaken, The Guardian worked with Petra Venj to communicate with Mara as the weeks went by via The Oracle Engine. Mara Sov instructed Petra to rip the heart out of Riven, which led us to the Last Wish raid.

After weeks of charging The Blind Well, we then opened a portal to Mara’s Throne World so we could talk face to face. She understood the circumstances of Uldren’s death and didn’t hold a grudge. She did however have a warning of the Darkness making their way towards the Solar System. This was one of the earliest sightings of the Pyramids in the game.

The Curse of the Dreaming City

While the Taken Riven baited the Guardians into killing her, they inadvertently made a single collective wish, allowing Riven to alter the rules of ascendancy within the Dreaming City. Soon enough, the entire realm was plunged into an unending battle between the Guardians and Awoken Corsairs against the armies of Taken and Hive sent under Savathûn and Xivu Arath.

As the curse continued to blight the Dreaming City for three weeks, Petra was able to identify the true source of the city’s Taken curse: Dûl Incaru, a daughter of the Witch-Queen. With the curse now at its peak, the Techeuns used the Blind Well (which was kept charged with Light by the Guardians) and open a rift into Eleusinia, where the Guardians could confront the Witch and her Darkblade bodyguards.

However, upon the death of Dûl Incaru, the Dreaming City reverted back to the state it was in when the curse was first unleashed. The curse then spread in the same manner it had previously, with it being revealed that the curse trapped the Dreaming City within a time loop that resets the events of Riven’s death and Dûl Incaru’s defeat. Through messages left by an unknown sender, it is revealed that the loop was made possible through the wish Riven granted upon her “death”, and modeled upon Vex simulations overseen by the Taken Vex Mind Quria. While the curse looping every three weeks, there is currently no way to permanently rid the city of the curse despite the efforts of both Rasputin and Osiris. Following every reset, the Guardian made reports to Mara Sov using the Oracle Engine, occasionally visiting her personally within her new throne world.

Conversations with Mara Sov

Upon the Guardian’s fourth visit, Mara immediately demanded to know how her brother had died. The Ghost claimed that he had died believing he was freeing Mara from the Dreaming City and that all he had done was for her. Mara noted that despite her brother’s strengths he was suggestable and that she had been aware that her plan would put him at risk of such a fate and thus was not surprised to feel him die. The Ghost reminded Mara that Uldren had murdered their friend Cayde-6. She was dismissive of this, noting that while she was sure they missed “it”, she was not satisfied by their quest for vengeance.

Upon the Guardian’s seventh visit, Mara states that she has dreamed of having a friend, then states that “the next act is about to begin” before disappearing.

Following the disappearance of Mars, Mercury, Titan, and Io, Mara Sov broadcast a message throughout the system. In the message, she stated that she had deployed all weapons at her disposal against the Black Fleet to no effect. She then promised to return to the Dreaming City, though she was aware that Savathûn would be waiting for her.

Now we know Mara Sov is coming back, this does have major implications for the story. Given Quria is dead, you would assume that the Curse hanging over the Dreaming City could be broken. Savathun is not going to be happy about Mara’s return, plus are we going to assemble any more powerful allies in the fight against The Hive?

Then we have the question of the Darkness themselves. It appears Mara has been trying to stop the Darkness. We still don’t yet know why Savathun was trying to obscure the messages from the darkness to us via Eris Morn in Season of Arrivals.

But the good news is, we don’t have long to wait to find out about all of this. Thanks to the leak we do know Mara Sov is coming back and the Season is going to be called Season of the Lost. Mara Sov was lost until now, but I wonder what else that could be referring to. Plenty to be excited about.

Let me know what you think of Mara coming back in the comments.

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