Destiny Theory: What are The Nine?
There are a lot of great theories on who or what The Nine may be in Destiny. Most of the theories seemed really plausible, that was until I played through the House of Wolves (HoW) story missions and read the Petra Venj Grimoire card. This theory is a bit of a long one, but I promise that by the end of this article, you will look at the Story of Destiny (THATS RIGHT, STORY) in a completely different light.
If you are not a fan of sifting through the cards let me bring you up to speed.
During the play-through of the HoW story missions you receive a card in the Queen’s area of Allies for Petra Venj. On that card you read a letter from Petra to the Queen of the Awoken. The letter is a plea to the Queen to allow Petra to return to the Reef and take her old role amongst the Queen’s Guard.
Petra, according to the letter, is begging for forgiveness from the Queen for a mistake Petra made during a battle in a valley. In the letter Petra writes,
“My lady, I offer again the only explanation I can: I did not know the Guardians would act as they did. All I had known, all I had ever known, were the ways of the Awoken.
The Wolves were entrenched in that valley. The approaches were blocked, all sight lines covered. An assault on their position was madness. We would have spent precious Awoken lives. For nothing. I saw the Guardians, knew they were on the move, but I assumed they saw the situation as we did. That it was folly to call in the Crows.
Prince Uldren’s fighter wing did a masterful job. The blast was pinpoint precise. The blasts tore apart the Wolves, and the Guardians, and their Ghosts. Three strike teams of Guardians, gone in an instant, on my order. The City’s anger, the Speaker’s condemnation—all earned. All fair.”
Several interesting points are revealed in this honest and telling letter, first we will analyze the mention of a Valley.
We believe that valley mentioned in the letter is the same one with the abandoned cars where we first started our Destiny lives as Guardian in the mission A Guardian Rises and is also the same valley we revisit with Petra in the House of Wolves mission Silent Fang. If you take a look at the map of Earth below, you can see what appears to be mountains illustrated in several areas, including Devils Lair, Skywatch, King’s Watch and Gateway. I want to focus on the area of Gateway, in the bottom right hand corner of the map. In that area you can also clearly see is that the majority of the area of Gateway seems to be flat and surround by these mountain illustrations, which by definition I would call a valley. Let us then focus our attention to the area directly above Gateway called The Divide. These two areas seem to be separated by a straight line that shifts up and down, and compared to the illustrations of mountains and other natural elements, the line is clearly man made. In my opinion I would consider that to denote that of a Giant Wall. You can look at the main image of this article above and clearly see that wall to the right, this is a screen from the area known as Gateway.
If we can all agree beyond a responsible doubt that the valley mentioned in Petra’s letter is the area of Gateway, we can then move to the next point I would like to discuss.
According to Grimore Cards and this reddit post;
The Battle of the Twilight Gap (often referred to as “the Gap”) saw the Fallen houses unite and siege the walls of the City, where they were fended off by all available Guardians. As we know this battle led to the creation of the Gjallahorn Rocket Launcher, the Crucible being established, and the appointment of Zavala to lead the Vanguard in efforts to reclaim our Golden Age. The battle is described as brutal and bloody, with heavy casualties on both sides. Walkers fought duels with gun batteries stationed on the Wall. At some point during the carnage, Lord Shaxx rallied The City‘s defenses and led a counter-attack that pushed the Fallen back from The City’s walls.
I believe the Battle of Twilight Gap took place in the area of Gateway, and the wall that the Titans defended is the same Great Wall on the map of Earth. The same area which we were revived after dying, long ago.
Take a second to think about that, our character died in the Battle of Twilight Gap.
Let’s also remember that the letter mentions three strike teams of Guardians were wiped out, along with their ghosts by Prince Uldren’s fighter in the area we now come to know as Gateway. This isn’t just a simple note, Bungie is telling us through this piece of history that our character is one of the members from the three strike teams, and our new Ghost, Dinklebot, was sent out by the Speaker to locate us. When he does finally find us, he states with surprise and relief, “Is it possible? There you are!”
There YOU are!
Not, cool I found another dead body amongst all of the other piles of bones and dust scattered throughout the entire area of the Cosmodrome. But why look for us, what makes us so important?
Another thing I find intriguing about this portion of the letter is Petra’s exact number of Guardians that were listed.
“Three strike teams of Guardians, gone in an instant.”
I have always wondered to myself, why three on a strike team? Why not six like a Raid team or four to buddy up? Nope a team of three. And I, like most, have for the longest written off the reasoning to the number of classes in Destiny. But this time something struck a cord as I read the Petra Letter several times. Three strike teams, which would consist of three Guardians each.
3×3 = The Nine.
What if The Nine is made up of the original three strikes teams of Guardians. The same Guardians killed in the Valley by the Awoken Prince at the Battle of Twilight Gap in the area of Gateway. And if that is true, that would make us (your character) one of The Nine.
Mic drop…minds blown, story of Destiny takes shape.
The story of a broken past and a group of Legendary Guardians snuffed out before their time. Now, from a distant and Dark future, those nine Guardians, know by Xur as The Nine, send their Agent to aid the Guardians of the past.
In the next Destiny Theory, we will elaborate even more on Xur, his role with the Nine and layout the second part of the HoW revelations; the true identity of the Exo Stranger.
Until then, let us know what you think in the comments below or tweet us your theories @moonW1zard.