- "This will be a beautiful [City]. But not a safe [City]."
- — Riven
The Dreaming City is a Destination in Forsaken, featuring many endgame activities, such as the Last Wish raid and the Blind Well horde activity. It is the most sacred location of the Reefborn Awoken, and is where they study and meditate on greater paracausal powers. It became corrupted during the onset of the Taken War and served as the prison of the Ahamkara, Riven. Petra Venj is the world vendor for the city. To access the city, Guardians must complete the campaign of Forsaken and embark on a long and difficult questline.
The Dreaming City is the Reefborn Awoken's homeland. It was created by Mara Sov after her departure from the Distributary and is her personal realm. At one point, Prince Uldren Sov brought a baby Ahamkara named Riven to the City.
The Dreaming City is built upon a flat disk, constructed from the remains of at least one unknown rocky celestial body. Its upper surface contains a "silver sea", water from which continually spills off the edge of the disk and is reclaimed by a stabilization ring that also holds the City in place. The entire city is a closed ecosystem, with water being recycled by systems within the bedrock.
A massive ring-shaped structure can be seen in the sky of the Dreaming City, along with what appears to be a black hole or other light-warping phenomenon directly overhead. The ring is a portal that controls access to the Dreaming City from the Tangled Shore, and utilizes some form of cloaking technology to seal the Dreaming City off from the outside world. The nature of the black hole-like object is unknown, but it may be the singularity which grants access to the Distributary.
The City is named after a group of unknown entities known as the Dreaming, who are connected in some way with the will of the Awoken people as a whole.
The Dark Age
After The Queen left the Awoken homeland, the Distributary, she created the Dreaming City as her own personal realm. There, she and other Awoken could reside in peace. Uldren Sov went to bring the Queen a gift and returned with Riven, the Ahamkara. Riven stayed in the City for the rest of her life.
The Taken War
During the onset of the Taken War, Mara Sov ordered the Dreaming City to be evacuated from
For months following the Taken War, the Dreaming City continued to be infested by the Taken and their blights unaware from the outside until Uldren Sov was manipulated by Riven into unsealed the City using a shard of the Traveler and the Taken essence within himself, unleashing an agent of hers which promptly devoured Uldren. The Guardian quickly killed the Taken Chimera and fulfilled their vengeance for Cayde-6.
Petra Venj, investigating the source of Uldren's corruption, gave the Guardian a Awoken talisman that they could grant both entry into the City. Having returned for the first time to the Dreaming City since the Taken War, Petra surmised Riven as the cause of the Taken and Uldren's corruption after having made contact with Queen Mara Sov at the Oracle Engine. At the Queen's behest, Petra enlisted the support from the Vanguard to have Riven killed and her heart cleansed of her Taken essence.
A Guardian Raid team was quickly formed and breached their way into the corrupted heart of the city, where they freed the Techeuns Kalli and Shuro Chi from their Taken corruption. While the Taken Riven baited the Guardians into killing her, they inadvertently made a single collective wish, allowing Riven to alter the rules of ascendancy within the Dreaming City according to Toland. Instead of ending the curse, Riven's wish increasingly worsened its conditions; Taken energies having saturated and engulfed huge portions of the city. In addition, separate armies of Scorn and Hive breached the city and began vying for control against both Guardians, Awoken Corsairs and the Taken.
As the curse continued to blight the Dreaming City for three weeks, Petra was able to identify the true source of the city's Taken curse: Dûl Incaru, a daughter of the Witch-Queen and the mastermind behind her mother's scheme to access the Distributary using the Awoken secrets found within the City, commanding the curse from Mara's desecrated throne-world of Eleusinia. With the curse now at its peak, the Techeuns used the Blind Well (which was kept charged with Light by the Guardians) and open a rift into Eleusinia, where the Guardians could confront the Witch and her Darkblade bodyguards.
However, upon the death of Dûl Incaru, the Dreaming city reverted back to the state it was in when the curse was first unleashed. The curse then spread in the same manner it had previously, with it being revealed that the curse trapped the Dreaming City within a time loop that resets whenever Dûl Incaru is killed. Through messages left by an unknown sender, it is revealed that the loop was made possible through the wish Riven granted upon her "death", and modeled upon Vex simulations overseen by the Taken Vex Mind Quria. While the curse looping every three weeks, there is currently no way to permanently rid the city of the curse despite the efforts of both Rasputin and Osiris. Following every reset, the Guardian made reports to Mara Sov using the Oracle Engine, occasionally visiting her personally within her new throne world.
- Divalian Mists (Landing Zone)
- The Strand
- Keep of Voices
- Blind Well
- The Watchtower
- Ascendant realm
- Cathedral of Scars (Gambit map)
- The Dreaming City is the second Destination that is within the Ascendant realm, the first being the Dreadnaught.
- The city's size is as large as Nessus.
- The Divalian Mists and Rheasilvia share names with features on the asteroid 4 Vesta, the equatorial trough Divalia Fossa and the impact crater Rheasilvia, suggesting that the Dreaming City was built on it.
- The city was originally going to be a standard location, initially explored through story missions, then finally unlock access to the expansion's raid. In November 2017, this was changed to being a location that players could explore at will.
- An album of changes to the Dreaming City across the three-week cycle can be found here.
List of appearances
- Kotaku - Destiny 2's Next Expansion Is Changing A Lot
- Eurogamer - Bungie says Destiny 2 expansion Forsaken really does kill Cayde for good
- Eurogamer - Destiny 2 Forsaken's Dreaming City was originally very different