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Brother Vance is a blind disciple and representative of the Cult of Osiris. When the Wolf Rebellion began, Vance travelled to the Vestian Outpost in the Reef and attempted to recruit the strongest Guardians for the Trials of Osiris, offering entry and rewards to the event. After leaving the Reef, Vance led The Lighthouse, a Cult outpost on Mercury located near the entrance to the Infinite Forest. He has written multiple books on Osiris and spends much time reading the portents and watching for Osiris’ prophecies to come true. Ikora Rey derisively called Vance “Osiris’ greatest fan.” The de facto leader of the cult, Brother Vance, admits to having never met Osiris, and expresses intense jealousy that the Guardian met with him in the Infinite Forest.
Chronicler of Osiris
As a young follower of Osiris, Vance rejected the teachings of the Speaker and instead believed in the exiled Warlock's views on the Traveler. He wished to be a Guardian so that he could follow in his hero's footsteps and chronicled the life of Osiris in several books. However, he ended up in a accident that cost him his eyesight and nearly his life. This traumatic experience led to Vance believing that somehow Osiris had granted his wish to become a Guardian, and he claimed in his delusion to be an old Warlock like Osiris. Among his texts that he wrote was "The Definitive History of Osiris", in which he claimed that the Speaker created the Consensus to provide the illusion of democracy to the Last City in the aftermath of the Iron Lords death.
Recruiting at the Vestian Outpost
When the Wolf Rebellion began in the Reef, Vance was contacted by Sister Faora, who noted that the Last City would likely never allow the Trials of Osiris to take place there despite the progress Lord Shaxx had made with the Crucible. She instead suggested to Vance that he travel to the Reef and attempt to set up the Trials there, as the Guardians were being allowed within select sections of the Reef due to the Rebellion. This would also allow Vance to gain an audience with Queen Mara Sov, who was an ally of Osiris, and that hopefully the Vanguard would not look for a reason beyond the Trials to explain why the Cult of Osiris was there. Vance was allowed access to the Vestian Outpost by the Queen and he set up a shrine in the outpost in the hopes of attracting Guardians into competing in the Trials of Osiris. While there he met a Guardian and was astounded by how the Light shined around them, and noted that he now understood why Osiris was interested in them. Vance had a meeting with Mara at some point during his stay at the Vestian Outpost where she told Vance a secret that he believed he was destined to tell Osiris.
The Return of Osiris
Combating the Infinite Mind
After the defeat of Panoptes and the reunion between Osiris and Ikora, Vance was visited by the Young Wolf. He was aghast that Osiris had returned to the Infinite Forest and the Guardian had not brought him to meet Vance, demanding to know how many books they had written about the Warlock and why they deserved to meet him. Setting aside his jealousy, Vance decided to continue recording the ongoing events on Mercury. He revealed that he had seen new portents of Vex activity within the Infinite Forest and requested the Young Wolf investigate. Vance hoped that Osiris would be pleased by this and that he might visit Vance as thanks.
Search for Saint-14
Upon the arrival of the Pyramids to Mercury, Vance was visited by the Young Wolf once more, who provided him a briefing from Commander Zavala of all that was happening throughout the solar system. Consulting his texts to determine which potential prophesized end-time scenario they were currently experiencing, Vance noted that Osiris had used an excessive amount of Fractaline to power the Obelisks during the Sundial crisis. From the Lighthouse, Vance could feel how reality had been damaged by those actions and that countless timelines were pulling against a chronological center, with the arrival of the Pyramids placing additional pressure on them that could cause it to collapse. He believed the Infinite Forest was key to solving this issue and requested the Young Wolf provide help in determining what could be done. When the Young Wolf returned from gathering data, Vance was absorbed in studying his scrolls and comment that the connections between Osiris, the Forest, and the Pyramid went beyond just prophecy, but abruptly cut himself off as he heard the Lighthouse chime a dirge for a Guardian falling the Trials of Osiris. He noted the tones had gotten richer in the shadow of the Pyramid and asked if the Young Wolf could hear it. He smiled as he heard the chime once more and described it as the song of life and death, causing the Young Wolf to depart to attend their other duties and leave Vance to his studies..
Once the Guardian departed the Lighthouse for the last time, Vance collected his belongings and entered through the gateway to the Infinite Forest. While he was initially afflicted by the dizzying nature of the place, he attuned his Infinite Simulacrum to the crack in the Forest and sealed himself within. Many iterations of Vance from different realities coalesced inside the Forest with him, spreading his message of hope and joy into every reality. The original Vance began to sing Hope for the Future before another iteration of himself finished his sentence. Vance turned to analyse his other self and he found his hands reaching towards his throat; his alternate self twisted beneath his hands, turning cold and rigid. He was thrown onto his back by the parallel version of himself, but Vance reached underneath his blindfold and began to gouge his eyes. Vance noted that his other self still had eyes and found it to be 'unfortunate'.
It is unknown if Vance, or the Infinite Forest as a whole, survived Mercury's disappearance at the hand of the Pyramids.
Personality and Traits
The way to describe Brother Vance is complicated. He is a fanatic of Osiris and is dangerous because of that but is not exactly a threat to the Guardians. He is desperate for his "master's" attention, even digging into things he shouldn't and becomes jealous of the Guardian for meeting Osiris in-person many times. Vance is delusional, believing that he himself is an old warlock. He will do anything for Osiris or anything in the name of Osiris, as he is described as Osiris's biggest fan. Vance also holds a reverence for anyone who was once close with Osiris such as Ikora, who was once Osiris's student.
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