Bungie has released a trailer giving us the first look at Destiny 2‘s next content season, the Season of the Chosen. We now have a sense of a new threat facing the solar system in the form of a Cabal force and its new empress, Caiatl.
This is Caiatl’s first appearance in the game, and if you haven’t been following the ins and outs of Destiny 2 lore, you might be a little confused. After all, this will be our third major Cabal villain since the release of Destiny 2 back in 2017, and they’re all related to some internal political struggle in the Cabal Empire that you wouldn’t know about if you hadn’t read various lore entries. Caiatl is new to the game, but her name has been floating around for a while and her presence could have some big implications for past characters and where the Cabal enemy faction is headed next in the story.
Caiatl is the Cabal empress, but she hasn’t been in our solar system this whole time–instead, she was back at the Cabal homeworld. She has ties to the characters we’ve seen so far in Destiny 2, though. Caiatl is the daughter of Calus, the exiled Cabal emperor who spent the last few years hanging around in Nessus’s orbit in his giant spaceship, the Leviathan. She was also an ally of Ghaul, the Cabal leader who deposed Calus and took over his reign. If you missed out on Destiny 2’s vanilla campaign, the Red War, you should know that players walloped Ghaul, and the Traveler woke up and literally annihilated him.