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Bite-sized Backstory 4: Familiar Ideas (Destiny)

by Ragashingo ⌂ @, Official DBO Cryptarch, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 03:00 (1814 days ago)

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Some weeks before her father was overthrown, and she and her two sisters escaped into exile, Aurash, the eldest of the three heirs to the Osmium Court, was sent on an expedition by her father, the king, to a distant site called the Tungsten Monoliths.

The Osmium King had certainly been acting strangely of late, pouring over ancient texts and locking himself in the royal orrery, a room-sized mechanical model of Fundament and its moons. Sometimes he would emerge and quietly wander the halls of his palace talking only to his familiar, a dead white worm from deep beneath the sea that he’d encased in glass. Other times, he would emerge to rant and rave about the orbits of the moons to anyone and everyone who would listen.

His argument amounted to the idea that Fundament’s moons had been shifted out of their natural orbits. That now their paths would cross near each other and their combined gravities would tug on a section of Fundament’s vast inner ocean. As the moons continued along their new paths they would separate, and the massive bulge they had created would be released resulting in a “God-Wave” that would sweep over all the continents spread across the gas giant’s sea. All the civilizations of Fundament, amounting to trillions of lives, would be destroyed.

Some, like Taox, thought the king had gone mad. She arranged his overthrow for just that reason. But Aurash must have still believed her father. Though we are not told exactly what the Tungsten Monoliths were, we can guess they were located at a place of meeting, or a place of learning, or a place of science, since it was there that Aurash somehow confirmed her father’s theories about the moons and the God-Wave. Before she returned from her trip she sent her sister Sathona a message to tell their father that he had been right!

For several months following their exile, Aurash, Sathona, and Xi Ro sailed and explored far from home. It would seem likely that Aurash, the sailor and navigator, would have been leading her younger siblings, but oddly, more and more often it was Sathona’s crazy ideas that saw the three sisters through their troubles. She would hide herself away from the other two insisting that she needed to be alone to think and would come back with insane, risky plans that worked time and time again.

Curiously, she never told her sisters that one of the last things she did as she fled with them into exile was steal their father’s familiar right out of his hands...

In her journal at sea, Aurash wrote that it seemed like Sathona manufactured good luck by sheer force of will. That is probably why after a year in exile, Aurash and Xi Ro followed their sister’s crazy advice and sailed blindly into a violent maelstrom.

Except, Sathona wasn’t crazy and wasn’t blind. Somehow, she knew what they would find inside!

Sources:
Calcified Fragments: Curiosity
II: The Hateful Verse
III: The Oath
IV: Syzygy
V: Needle and Worm
(Yes... I just referenced most everything up to this point... what of it?)

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I really enjoy these. Thanks!

by Oholiab @, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 12:48 (1813 days ago) @ Ragashingo

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I really enjoy these. Thanks!

by Ragashingo ⌂ @, Official DBO Cryptarch, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 15:40 (1813 days ago) @ Oholiab

Glad you're liking them. You were one of the ones who mentioned wanting to get into the Grimoire more, I believe, so I'm especially glad the series seems to be working for you specifically. :)

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I haven't been replying, but I've really been enjoying

by Kahzgul, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 14:31 (1813 days ago) @ Ragashingo

If this were Reddit, you'd have all the updoots.

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+1

by unoudid @, Somewhere over the rainbow, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 15:23 (1813 days ago) @ Kahzgul

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I haven't been replying, but I've really been enjoying

by Ragashingo ⌂ @, Official DBO Cryptarch, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 15:36 (1813 days ago) @ Kahzgul

Thanks for the support! :)

The way one posts to Reddit and the way it is "organized" gives me a giant headache. I'd be happy to crosspost over to the /r/DestinyTheGame subreddit but don't they have a lore category or flurish or subsubreddit or something?

I should probably wade over to Bungie.net and find a place for these over there as well...

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I haven't been replying, but I've really been enjoying

by unoudid @, Somewhere over the rainbow, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 16:22 (1813 days ago) @ Ragashingo

I should probably wade over to Bungie.net and find a place for these over there as well...

That's the place souls go to die right?

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Or to be tortured...

by dogcow @, Hiding from Bob, in the vent core., Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 17:48 (1813 days ago) @ unoudid

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Bite-sized Backstory 4: Familiar Ideas

by BeardFade ⌂, Portland, OR, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 15:29 (1813 days ago) @ Ragashingo

I've been thinking it'd be nice to set you up with a simple blog so that these were archived together more easily. It will be simple enough to search on the forum here for Bitesized Backstory, but still, it could be nice to have a separate (but awesome) place for them.

Keep them coming.

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I'd love a more dedicated section for these...

by Ragashingo ⌂ @, Official DBO Cryptarch, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 15:37 (1813 days ago) @ BeardFade

...just not sure how to make it happen.

Mods? Admins? Umm... FEATURE REQUEST

I'd love a more dedicated section for these...

by Claude Errera @, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 16:17 (1813 days ago) @ Ragashingo

...just not sure how to make it happen.

Mods? Admins? Umm... FEATURE REQUEST

This seems totally reasonable. I can set something up. (Not sure about timing. Things are... busy right now. But I'll do my best!)

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Fan creations/rampant speculation work.

by ProbablyLast, Wednesday, October 05, 2016, 04:33 (1812 days ago) @ Ragashingo

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Tungsten...

by Durandal, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 22:38 (1813 days ago) @ Ragashingo

One of the major uses of Tungsten is the nozzles on rocket engines. Perhaps the mad king had a plan to escape the wave.

Of course, the wave probably wouldn't have been as massive as it seems. Unless Fundament's moons were truly massive, many times that of our own, the combined gravitational force would not have elevated the metallic hydrogen sea by much, given the massive pressure it was under.

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Tungsten...

by Ragashingo ⌂ @, Official DBO Cryptarch, Tuesday, October 04, 2016, 23:03 (1813 days ago) @ Durandal

I skipped over it because it never seemed to really come up again but Taox made engines big enough to move the entire Osmium Court:

I alone see the patterns of survival. Alone I designed the great engines that move the Osmium Court.

Now, this is probably moving it across the sea very slowly, but still kinda cool nonetheless.

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Tungsten...

by MacAddictXIV @, Seattle WA, Wednesday, October 05, 2016, 11:40 (1812 days ago) @ Durandal

Of course, the wave probably wouldn't have been as massive as it seems. Unless Fundament's moons were truly massive, many times that of our own, the combined gravitational force would not have elevated the metallic hydrogen sea by much, given the massive pressure it was under.

If I remember correctly, Fundament had like 70+ moons though... I don't know their size, but that is a shit ton of moons :-D

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So does Jupiter

by Durandal, Thursday, October 06, 2016, 10:12 (1811 days ago) @ MacAddictXIV

But the mass of those moons is individually very small. None are more then twice our moon's mass.

Metallic liquid hydrogen only occurs under pressures of 1.28 Mpa, which is greater then the pressure at the bottom of Earth's oceanic trenches.

As an aside, the Krill must be pretty tough to withstand the pressures and heat at those depths. I'm surprised they don't just spontaneously explode or disintegrate the first time they "cut a wound" and go to one of the moons, similar to how the human body doesn't handle the vacuum of space too well.

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So does Jupiter

by Ragashingo ⌂ @, Official DBO Cryptarch, Thursday, October 06, 2016, 10:50 (1811 days ago) @ Durandal

By the time they get to orbit they already have a worm inside them. Makes you wonder about Taox though...

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