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H.E.L.M.
Interior
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Location:

The Last City, Earth (formerly)
Moon Orbit

Accessibility:

Private

Player capacity:

Six

 

The H.E.L.M. or Hub for Emergency Logistics and Maneuvers is a Vanguard operations outpost set up on a large ship, originally docked within a hangar of The Last City.

It is staffed by Vanguard Frames and opened shortly after the Arrival of the Black Fleet. It first came into operation to deal with the arrival of Empress Caiatl's fleet in the Sol System.

Features[edit]

War Table[edit]

The War Table

The centerpiece of the H.E.L.M., the war table offers real-time tactical information on the current conflict the Vanguard is monitoring. A terminal on the table can be used to read messages and receive incoming transmissions from Vanguard agents for briefings and reports from the field. Members of Vanguard task forces frequently meet at the war table to discuss ongoing operations.[1]

Umbral Decoder[edit]

Confiscated from Drifter by the Cryptarchy, the Umbral Decoder and Prismatic Recaster have been refined and studied by the Cryptarchs in their ongoing effort to further understand Umbral Engrams which began to appear after the Black Fleet arrived.[2]

Other Features[edit]

The H.E.L.M. has a post box for items lost in the field for recovery, along with a terminal for accessing a Guardian's Vault. Additionally, a terminal containing intercepted messages and Vanguard reports is near the post box.

Eliksni Wing[edit]

The Eliksni Wing
Main article: Eliksni Wing

"Guardian, I greet you in the Light. It is I, Misraaks... or "Mithrax," as your people say. I speak to you through a Servitor..."
— Mithrax, Kell of Light

The Eliksni Wing was the main operational hub for the House of Light located within the H.E.L.M. It prominently housed the Splicer Servitor which was modified to supply Ether to their encampment.

Awoken Wing[edit]

Main article: Awoken Wing

The Awoken Wing was the main operational hub for the Reefborn Awoken within the H.E.L.M. It prominently housed the Wayfinder's Compass, a portal to Mara Sov's chambers and was guarded by a number of Corsairs.

Psisorium[edit]

This wing of the HELM was a former containment unit for all Hive lieutenants of the Lucent Brood, shut down after the success of Operation Elbrus in stopping the capturing of the Moon by the Lucent Hive.

Crown of Sorrow Quarantine Wing[edit]

This wing houses the Crown of Sorrow and is outfitted with heavy quarantine equipment and a decontamination unit at the entrance with two Imperial Guard Legionaries right outside. Egregore can be seen around this wing inside the quarantined area, plus a Hive Tombship. The Tombship serves as a containment unit for the Crown of Sorrow, in the event it needs to be transported, or ejected from the H.E.L.M should it grow too strong to contain.

As the Guardians make progress in severing Calus's connections to the Lunar Pyramid, the egregore begins to spread outside of the quarantined area the crown is placed in. By the time of the final severance ritual, the dark flora had spread to the Quarantine Wing's entrance.

NPCs[edit]

Radio messages[edit]

Season of the Chosen

Caiatl's Address

"Warriors of the empire. I see your fury. For years, you have waited for your leaders to reclaim you. But time has not changed your nature: Your rage becomes the swing of the cleaver, the thrust of the shield, the shout of the cannon. I send out a challenge to the remains of the broken Legion: prove your worth in battle. The ancient rites live again. The triumphant will become the first members of my war council. We are Cabal. We eat the mountains. We drink the seas."

Amanda's Cosmodrome Report

"This is Amanda Holliday, reportin' on my Cosmodrome flyovers. The Cabal set up shop on a bluff overlooking the Mothyards. Hive's been chewing on 'em pretty good, but they're dug in like ticks. You know how they are. Frigates parked overhead haven't put a single round my way. One thing I haven't seen are any civilians. I don't know how big the Cabal fleet is these days, but it's gotta be spread thin. There must be a group of carriers in deep space somewhere with all their kids and old folks aboard. The whole rest of their species. Shows how much they want payback. They're risking it all, on our turf, just for a piece of the Hive. I know this Cabal force looks like aggression, but I'd wager it's grief through and through. They ain't here for us. They're here for revenge. Goodness know, I can relate."

Caiatl's Message to Zavala

"Commander Zavala. I thought to contact you directly, free from the prying interests of... advisors. When I was a child, listening to stories of the Cabal's many rulers, I imagined that sovereignty was absolute power. The power to triumph. To spill blood. To rule. But now, I realize the ironic truth: sovereignty is a form of servitude. As empress, my people's will comes before my own. That is why Cabal forces cannot leave the Sol system empty-handed. After losing Torobatl, we cannot lose our honor. It's the only thing we have left. You offer an alliance as equals. But I offer something even more valuable: exaltation. Within our ranks, the Guardians will be revered. They will be free, as the Psions are now. They will be our most elite force - the pride of the Cabal Empire. So, for the last time, join us. For revenge against the Hive. For survival against the Darkness. Join me. Join the Cabal."

Saladin's Message to Zavala

"Commander. An attack on your life within our own walls. In the streets where the City's children play. I wish it surprised me. Every minute we waste, our enemies grow bolder. I saw it with the warlords, Zavala: give them slack, and they'll hang you with it. You must act. Remind our enemies that there are consequences when Darkness breaches our walls. Remind the people why they put their faith in the Guardians. This attack was just a taste. Next time, they'll target someone else; someone you can't save. That loss will be on you. The weight of it will crush you. Trust me."

Qalec's Execution

"Warriors of the empire. Today, we chose strength and honor over personal glory. But two of our soldiers chose to pursue their own victory — their own glory before the glory of the empire. Only one of these soldiers stands before me now. The Psion Valir faced his death with honor — but his accomplice, the Psion Qalec, chose to run. To hide. Qalec is a stain on our history. A traitor. I revoke the name Qalec, for a coward has no name under the empire. [gunshot] These traitors did not work alone. I will find the others, and they will meet this same fate. We are one Cabal, and we strike as one fist."
Season of the Splicer

Crow's message to Zavala

"Can't say I'm enjoying lying low, Commander. Reminds me of the old days. But hey, I'm nothing if not good at following orders. If it was my choice, I'd be there helping you get the Eliksni settled in the City. Might be hard to believe, but they're more like us than you think. Just… give them a chance. Like you did for me. "Velask." That's how they say hello. Just so you know."

Lakshmi's first broadcast

"The Last City has always been a place of refuge. For centuries, the vulnerable have found shelter and security under the watchful eye of the Traveler. Now, it seems that includes Fallen. Once they sieged our walls, and now, Ikora Rey throws open the gates. A charitable act from a compassionate leader. But is it the right thing to do? Can we really spare the energy and resources to shelter our enemies while we are under Vex attack? Can we afford to extend a peaceful hand to those who might bite it? As leader of the Future War Cult, I have foreseen violence and strife within our walls. This is not the first time. I warned you all of Ghaul before the Red Legion took our City during the Red War. I am warning you again now. Are these the newcomers the cause of our visions? That, we do not yet know. What we do know is that the Vanguard owes the people an honest and transparent explanation."

Ikora's address

"People of the Last City: Commander Zavala and I have been touched by the generosity and kindness you've shown toward our new Eliksni neighbors. We also understand the reluctance some have shown toward their resettlement. To those who mistrust our arrangement, let me remind you that this very city was founded by refugees. We sought shelter not only from alien aggressors, but from other Humans. The bandits and warlords that profited from our suffering. So it is with the Eliksni. For the first time in our shared history, we need the Eliksni, and they need us. Together with Mithrax and his Sacred Splicers, we can end the Endless Night. But only if we stand united for the betterment of all."

Lakshmi's second broadcast

"People of the Last City: we are governed by a consensus. A democracy where the people have a say over what happens in their city. Or so we thought. But did you agree to shelter a mob of dangerous Fallen? The same Fallen that spent a century stealing from us, besieging our city, and destroying our families? Did you agree to suddenly forgive and forget? No. Ikora Rey decided, without the people's consent, to allow House Light inside our walls. These are not the actions of a democratic leader. She claims that this "Mithrax" can end the Vex curse. Then why has he not done so? Perhaps because he has no such power. Or perhaps because he's simply biding his time… I have gazed into the future using Vex technology and have seen only strife and conflict with the Fallen. Unless we change course immediately, bloodshed is inevitable."

Lakshmi's third broadcast

"People of the Last City: The Vanguard protects us from enemies outside our walls. But did you know they also protect us from information? Did you know that the Fallen unleashed the Vex on Europa? That they corrupt our Guardians with the poisoned gift of Stasis, tempting them to wield the Darkness? These same Fallen are now inside our city, at the invitation of the Vanguard. Ikora Rey knows all this and more. Her Hidden spies report as much. Yet she continues to support these false alliances over her own people! Whether her lies are born of malice or incompetence matters not. What matters is that I have gazed into the future and foreseen bodies in our streets. Make no mistake: an invasion is coming. And if we are to triumph, we must first take back our city."

Mithrax and Ikora's first address

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Lakshmi's forth broadcast

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Lakshmi's fifth broadcast

"People of the Last City: the last time I spoke to you, I was silenced. Clearly, Ikora fears the ugly truth: the Vanguard have betrayed you. You need not take my word for it. Simply look at their actions. The Vanguard have turned their backs on the Light, and now openly wield the Darkness. They force you to shelter a horde of Eliksni, led by a fugitive with ties to the Vex. And finally, they tried to cover up Savathûn's involvement in it all! Ikora Rey claimed that the Fallen could stop the Endless Night. But on the contrary, they have only made things worse. It's even possible that the Witch Queen walks among them! Unfortunately, the current Vanguard will stop at nothing to protect their place in their ivory tower. They don't understand the people of the Last City. And their actions prove it. Future War Cult and New Monarchy say: enough! We intend to return this city to its people.If the Vanguard won't protect you, then we will."

Mithrax and Ikora's second address

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Lakshmi's final broadcast

"People of the Last City: we have endured many great tragedies thanks to our strength and a steadfast commitment to humanity. The Traveller chose us. It abandoned the Fallen because they are unfit, unworthy of the Light. They would take it from us if they could. The Vanguard has lost their way. They embrace the Darkness. Welcome Eramis's followers into our midst with open arms. Force us to celebrate our lost heroes alongside those who murdered them. Yes, the Endless Night is over. But now, Mithrax and his House will use this opportunity to do what the Fallen have always done. Covet. Cheat. Steal. Kill. I have seen the future with my own eyes, and it has not changed. Doom still builds on the horizon like a terrible storm. Right now, loyalists to the Future War Cult and New Monarchy have rounded up the Fallen in our city. With the aid of Osiris, I have learned how to safely command the power of the Vex. I will use it to do what the Vanguard will not. I will tear open a rift: banish the Fallen to the depths of space from where they came. We alone will save humanity. I have seen the darkest of futures, and with this act, I will - No. NO! [agonized scream]"

Mithrax and Ikora's third address

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Season of the Lost

Ikora and Mara's first discussion

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Ikora and Saint-14's discussion

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Ikora's address

"People of the Last City. Recently, the Vanguard has been scrutinized for a lack of transparency, and we've paid for it. I hope this broadcast represents our efforts to the contrary. Many of you came to me having witnessed the Vex attack. Many of you claim to have seen... Osiris present there. We now know this was a deception; an illusion spread by our enemies to turn us against each other. It worked, for a time. And we mourn those lost to the senseless violence unleashed in our streets. But we have overcome that fear, and we now stand united: Humanity, Eliksni and the Awoken of the Reef. Our allegiance is what the Witch Queen fears. It is what she meant to stop by sewing discord. It is what will lead us to victory. Know that this battle is not one we are bringing to your doorstep, but it is one we fight to keep the City out of the line of fire. The Vanguard asks for your patience, and understanding... if you can offer those, we will offer what insights we can offer to your questions. You are always welcome in the Tower, but I will be in the streets."

Ikora and Mara's second discussion

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Ikora and Petra's first discussion

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Ikora and Crow's discussion

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Glint and Petra's discussion

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Ikora and Petra's second discussion

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Season of the Risen

Zavala and Saladin's first discussion

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Zavala and Saladin's second discussion

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Caiatl and Zavala's discussion

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Crow and Saladin's discussion

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Caiatl's message

"Greetings Guardian. I come bearing enlightening news. Bracus Forge has earned himself quite a reputation among the Cabal. Within his first three days aboard my ship, he was challenged to six Rites of Proving. He prevailed in them all. One of those challenges came from an officer on my War Council. Bracus Forge defeated him with a single thunderous blow. As is our custom, he was promoted to "Valus" for his courage. He has also started a version of the Iron Banner aboard my flagship, at my request. There are many volunteers for his training. He calls his Legionaries "Iron War Beasts." We have much to learn from one another, and Valus Forge is an excellent ambassador. I dare say he even likes it here. And if a human can ascend to the rank of Valus in such a short time... imagine what the future holds. May we all live long enough to find out."
Season of the Haunted

Amanda and Crow's fight

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Caiatl's report

"Per our arrangement, I am delivering a status report on the Imperial survey of the Leviathan. Our scouts confirm your reports of psychic anomalies emanating from the red phantoms seen throughout the ship. Psion Opti theorize that these phantoms are manifestations forged from a psychic "background radiation" permeating the Leviathan. Navigational equipment shows that the Leviathan entered a gravitational anomaly and... It was once within and outside of the known universe for an indeterminate period of time. When it emerged from this state, most of its crew were missing, and an infestation of unknown fungal matter had infiltrated all decks of the ships. Command structure appears to have broken down. Loyalists who emerged from the anomaly disembarked from the Leviathan. We are attempting to determine their location. Those currently aboard are newly grown, combat-ready clones that have no higher brain function. They operate as an extension of my father's will. At Valus Forge's suggestion, I have submitted a suggestion for Crow to participate in a joint investigation to supplement our own. It is my hope that together, we can tear into the beating heart of the Leviathan, and drag my father screaming into the light of your sun. Until such a time, we are Cabal. We eat the mountains; we drink the seas."

Amanda and Zavala's discussion

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Caiatl and Zavala's first discussion

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Caiatl and Eris' discussion

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Caiatl and Zavala's second discussion

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Eris' message

"I received your last message. Whatever reckless plans brings you to the Reef, need not be shared with the Vanguard... or the Guardian. But keep me informed, at the very least. Those haunted here have found a measure of peace. But it takes more than resolve to overcome one's regrets. We have both felt it. How a moment of pain can weave into the whole of our lives. How it binds us to patterns of thought and action. I have stared into his eyes of my pain made manifest. Pleaded with it. What face would your Nightmare wear? For so long, I believed peace was beyond my reach. No more. I have found it in guiding others down the same path that saved me. But... I might allow myself to want more than peace. What, I am not certain. Is joy the word? Might I find that again? You told me to live my life. There is more truth in you than either of us would care to admit. I have something that will be of interest of you. The lunar Pyramid remained rife with secrets. Meet with me, and we can discuss what I have found."

Gallery[edit]

H.E.L.M.

Eliksni Wing

Awoken Wing

Radio Transmissions

Holoprojector

List of appearances[edit]

References[edit]