A Key Awaits

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"Present the Gate Lord's head to the Queen for entrance into the Black Garden."
— In game description


Eye of a Gate Lord


Exclusion Zone (mission)

A Key Awaits
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A Key Awaits is the seventeenth story mission in Destiny, consisting entirely of a cinematic cutscene involving the Guardian bringing Mara Sov the head of a Vex Gate Lord in exchange for a key that will gain them entrance to the Black Garden.[1]



The Guardian returns to the Reef, Ghost in tow. The Queen sits at her throne, her Brother and personal guard around her.

  • Mara Sov: It is alive.

Uldren turns to see them.

  • Mara Sov: And still has its ball.

The Guardian approaches and stands at the bottom of the throne's steps.

  • Uldren Sov: There is no shame in running away, Guardian. Apart from the cowardice and failure of it, it's an excellent strategy.
  • Guardian: We didn't run.
  • Mara Sov: Was no Gate Lord slain, brother?
  • Ghost: (proudly) Oh, we slayed a Gate Lord.
  • Guardian: Ghost.

The Ghost warps in the head of Zydron, Gate Lord clattering to the floor with a loud crash. The Vandal Guards flex their weapons in anticipation of defending their Queen in suspicion, while the Queen and her brother lean forward, surprised.

  • Guardian: We need to find the Black Garden.
  • Uldren: (chuckles condescendingly) They don't even know where it is.
  • Mara Sov: Let us tell them. Search the Gate Lord for that which gains them entrance.

Uldren angrily turns toward Mara Sov.

  • Uldren Sov: Why? If you wish them certain death, just kill them here.
  • Mara Sov: (looks at him disdainfully) Often when we guess at others' motives, we reveal only our own.
  • Uldren Sov: My motive is simply loyalty... to a people.

He kneels at her side.

  • Uldren Sov: A queen... and a sister.
  • Mara Sov: Then please... take what is required.

Uldren looks downward, defeated, then stands and walks toward the Gate Lord's head. Standing over it, he unsheathes his knife, and roughly thrusts it into the top of the mechanical mass. One of the Vandals adjusts his grip on his pike. Moments later, he pulls the eye from Zydron's head. The light in the eye quickly goes out, and the brother grins smugly.

  • Uldren: Dead... unfortunately.

He turns and shows the Queen.

  • Uldren: A wasted journey, I'm afraid.
  • Mara Sov: Perhaps... but I think these one's resourceful. We gift it... in sympathy for their Traveler.

Uldren's eyes widen in surprise before he quickly composes himself. He then turns toward the Guardian.

He quickly tosses the dead eye towards the Guardian, who catches it. Mara Sov stands from her throne.

  • Mara Sov: I have shown you benevolence, Guardian. Should the Awoken ever need an ally, I will call on you and expect you to answer.

Uldren sheathes his knife, and the Vandal Guards finally stand at rest on either side of the Queen.

  • Uldren: She's saying you owe us, Guardian.
  • Guardian: I understand... (bows slightly) Your Grace.

The Guardian and Ghost turn and walk toward the exit.

  • Uldren: Good luck! (mutters) ...getting through the Exclusion Zone.

{Fades to black}


  • A Key Awaits is a story mission in Destiny that takes place in The Reef yet it contains no gameplay. It is usually played automatically directly following the completion of Eye of a Gate Lord and can be played only once by the same Guardian.



  1. ^ Bungie (2015-14-5), Destiny, Activision Blizzard