Destiny 2 players will revisit Mars with The Witch Queen expansion–despite the fact that the planet was removed from the game with the Beyond Light expansion. Rumors about Mars returning to Destiny 2 began when the first The Witch Queen trailer showed Ikora glaring at her evidence board of photos, maps, and alchemic signs while surrounded by red terrain. Fans later noticed a Destiny 1 Mars map on her board which is easier to see from Bungie’s teaser clips that gave a closer look at the board. The Game Awards live-action trailer explained that we revisit Mars for the first mission and meet the Light-bearing Savathun. It seems similar to how we ventured to Phobos, a moon of Mars, at the start of Destiny 1’s expansion, The Taken King.
We’ve dug into what we’ve seen of The Witch Queen and the lore of Mars to run down every lingering lore thread and story tidbit that you might need to know about heading into the expansion.
In the lore of Destiny, Mars has been a beacon for the Light and Darkness for centuries, but the live-action trailer creates more puzzling connections between the two. Firstly, I noticed the out-of-place crop field on Mars within a boundary that reminded me of the dark Taken splotches, which have a bright outline. Remembering that I’ve seen this crop field before, I looked up The Witch Queen’s Collector’s Edition and found that the photo of the Martian crop field is there as well. It seems like whatever is happening within the boundary is not from the present day–and if that’s the case, then this is most likely an image from the Golden Age on Mars.
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Author: Saniya Ahmed