Cabal Deserters

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Cabal Deserters
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Overview

Keep(s):

European Aerial Zone
The Boil
Trapper's Cave
Ma'adim Subterrane
The Conflux
Well of Giants

Deployed:

European Aerial Zone
Sunken Cavern
The Europan Pyramid
Meridian Bay

 

"Here's one for you. Cabal deserter. Mars. Ordinarily, I'd look the other way... but it's the Cabal who are paying me. Ha!"
— The Spider[1]

The Cabal Deserters refers to Cabal who defected from their Legions, primarily the Red Legion. Cabal deserters are not to be confused with the Psion conclave.

History[edit]

After the deaths of multiple Red Legion officers, a chunk of the army left the leaderless Legion and tried to carve out their own strongholds throughout the Solar System. The first few accounts were Cabal escapees that The Spider issued bounties for, along with those hiding within the Reef. Others have been noted to have been working with the Spider instead as his associates.

Later some would go on to form the "Unbowed Legion" in the Solstice of Heroes event who submitted to no one. These deserters managed to build a stronghold by the European Aerial Zone but were unfortunately cut down by the Guardians seeking to improve themselves. It has been observed that many deserters seem to be former Blood Guard as the "Unbowed Legion" had several majors of them. This fact alone shows insight to the crippling morale of the Red Legion Cabal structure as with Ghaul and the High Command gone, the Blood Guard have lost their primary purpose.

During Penumbra, Emperor Calus would task Guardians in ending a lead deserter in The Conflux on Nessus in order to obtain Imperials from him and his group of Deserters. Some deserters were also observed in The Arms Dealer strike.

With the events of Season of the Worthy, it is known more Cabal have deserted, but their specific names and numbers remain unknown outside of Ixel, the Far-Reaching who slew her own Valus and seized his forces of his most able soldiers after thinking him stubborn and weak. Ixel would later attempt entry to Empress Caiatl's Imperial Cabal and her War Council through a Rite of Proving yet be slain in the process.[2]

After Ignovun, Chosen of Caiatl's defeat in the Proving Grounds, Caiatl lost a lot of support regardless of the honorable rite and several Cabal dissidents defected, swelling the ranks of the deserters once more.[3][4]

When the Guardian ventured to the Pyramid ship on Europa, a rogue Cabal force led by Valus Dralgur, the Exiled sought to pillage the vessel for any artifacts that could be used against Xivu Arath. The Operation was not sanctioned by Empress Caiatl, allowing the Guardian to cut their way through the Cabal expedition without the worry of destabilizing their alliance with the Empire. Despite the Cabal's attempts to jam the Guardian's progress and even attempting to destroy the Darkness statue deep within the Pyramid, the Guardian was successful in communion with the statue, after killing Dralgur.[5]

After Caiatl's unilateral emancipation of all Psions within the Empire,[6] some Psions who had attained high rank under the old order were indignant at what they perceived to be their loss of status. During the events of The Witch Queen, a group of these rebellious Psions led by Qabix, Insurgent deserted from the Imperial Cabal, stole a Cabal frigate, and somehow made contact with the Loyalists of Emperor Calus.[7] With Loyalist funding, the rebel Psions reactivated an abandoned Cabal base on the recently-returned Mars and began transmitting psionic propaganda across the Solar System from it. Detectable only to other Psions, the transmission encouraged further defections from Caiatl to join Calus and the Pyramids for "salvation". Unwilling for Cabal soldiers to be seen attacking Psions, Empress Caiatl brought the matter to her ally, Commander Zavala of the Vanguard, who deployed The Guardian to assault the facility with air support from Amanda Holliday, stopping the transmission.[8]

Notable Deserters[edit]

Unique forces[edit]

Technology[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Despite being called deserters by some of the Scout Legions, the Broken Legion are in fact technically not deserters for they were ordered by Ghaul and the Red Legion to act as a trojan horse for the Reef.

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