- "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
Following the death of Cayde-6, Uldren Sov arrived and unsealed the city using a shard of the Traveler and the darkness within himself. Uldren was promptly devoured by the Voice of Riven. The guardian reached the city with the help of The Spider and Petra Venj in time to defeat the Taken chimera.
Once within the city, Petra Venj and the guardian make contact with Mara Sov using the Oracle. The Queen opens the city to the guardians, offering them rewards to defeat the Scorn and Taken invading the city. The guardians mount a Raid on the center of the city to defeat the source of the corruption, the only living Ahamkara, Riven.
After the death of Riven, the Ahamkara granted one Last Wish to her Guardian fireteam. While the Guardians collectively wished to save the city, the effects became clear; as the Dreaming city became permanently blighted by the Taken and trapped in an endless 3-week long curse. While the curse resets every time Dûl Incaru is killed, there is currently no way to permanently rid the city of the curse despite the efforts of both Rasputin and Osiris. Following the beginning of the curse the guardian made reports to Mara Sov using the Oracle, 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