The Last City
|The Last City|
- "From across the ruined earth they came, seeking shelter from the storm."
- —Grimoire description
The Last City is the final bastion of humanity. Located somewhere on Earth, the City was built and is located directly under the floating Traveler to take advantage of its protective shields. The City was slowly built after the Collapse, marking the end of the Dark Age and the beginning of the City Age; most of humanity's survivors now live in the City as opposed to hidden enclaves throughout Earth. Countless wars were fought to keep the peace, and from this era of strife rose the Guardians. Surrounding it is a massive wall built by the first Titans to assist in keeping out enemies. The Tower formerly rested along the wall, which was the headquarters for the Guardians. They have defended the City for centuries, but this defense did not last indefinitely, as demonstrated by Dominus Ghaul's invasion. The City was occupied by Ghaul and his Red Legion following the onset of The Red War.
The City is inhabited by humans, Awoken and Exos, who worked together in the time following the Golden Age to build the city and its defenses. The City was once embroiled by a bitter war between the different factions of the City, until the Guardians stepped in and put a stop to the violence. Now, it is ruled by a Consensus of the factions, with the Speaker as its head and the Vanguard taking on an advisory role. After Dominus Ghaul's attack, the government was abolished under a state of emergency, now headed by the Red Legion.
- "The City is the last populated city on Earth and the last bastion for mankind and civilization. The City was built long after The Traveler gave it's life to push back the Darkness, a small settlement slowly began to build where the Traveler hovers, where it slumbers. Mankind came together to build The City underneath the Traveler because it provide protection from the horde of the darkness."
- —Website description
Besides the Faction Wars, the City had been involved in two major battles. The first was the Battle of Six Fronts, when four orders of Titans had to defend the walls against six enemy approaches. The second and far more devastating one, was the Battle of Twilight Gap. The full might of the Fallen Houses descended upon the City as countless Guardians fell, but were eventually routed from the City.
In the recent years, the City began to reach out, to fight back the hordes of the Darkness, striking back against the alien invaders. They engaged in a war of resistance with Oryx, the Taken King and his Taken army, a conflict that would be called the Taken War. Fortunately, the Guardians were able to push Oryx and his Taken back, culminating in a raid that breached Oryx's Ascendant Realm on the Dreadnaught. The raid ended with the deaths of Oryx's most powerful servants and the Taken King himself. However, the war wouldn't end, even with the deaths of various pretenders who sought Oryx's vacant throne, but would have to continue fighting the lingering Hive and Taken in the System.
The Last City and the Vanguard didn't take an active role during the SIVA Crisis with the radical Devil Splicers in the Plaguelands as the conflict was handled by Lord Saladin, Shiro-4, and the Guardians who became the next generation of Iron Lords. They were, however, at least aware of the conflict but didn't take immediate action unless it reached the outskirts of their territory. Forces of the City did aid the Guardians when they discovered a Fallen plot that would destroy the Bannerfall tower and leave the City vulnerable. With the City's help, the Guardian was able to drive out the Fallen, thereby securing the tower and by extension, the entire city's Wall.
The Vanguard began to take a more active role during the SIVA Crisis when old adversaries began to reappear, such as Taniks, Omnigul and Sekrion, Subverted Mind. Overseen by Ikora Rey and "supported" by Cayde-6, the Guardians were able to destroy Taniks Perfected after he was resurrected by the Devil Splicers using SIVA. Later, the Guardians were able to prevent the remaining Taken from controlling the repaired Vex Nexus Mind and slaying Omnigul before she could resume her purpose in serving her dead masters.
Two years after the Taken War, the Cabal Empire's Red Legion launched a major invasion of Earth headed by the Red Legion commander and emperor of the Cabal Empire, Dominus Ghaul. The Red Legion launched a devastating surprise attack on the Last City. This attack would completely devastate Earth's last bastion and the tower, being the most devastating offensive ever launched against the Guardians. The attack left Guardians cut off from the Light and severely crippled. Many inhabitants of the City were killed in the invasion. Following the invasion, Red Legion forces began occupying the city. 
- The Core - the City's central area, directly beneath the Traveler. The Hall of Consensus is located here.
- Core East
- Core South
- Military District—the location of the Future War Cult clubhouse.
- District 125
- City Perimeter—the land surrounding the City proper, just beyond its walls. Twilight Gap, a valley where the City's Guardians repelled a Fallen invasion force, is located here.
- Midtown—a cut-off location of the City used in the Crucible competitions.
After Twilight Gap, the districts nearest the City walls were abandoned. According to Tyra Karn, most of the 8 Original Towers were damaged/destroyed over the centuries and were left, abandoned, though some such as Bannerfall were repurposed for the Crucible.
The location of the City has been the source of much speculation. One theory, based on the movements of the Sun and the local geography, suggests that the City is located in Nepal. Other theories place the city in southwestern Canada, northern Chile, and in the southern Andes range on the border between Chile and Argentina or it could be located somewhere in the Caucasian mountains in Russia based on the Cosmodrome's relatively nearby location during A Guardian Rises closing cinematic.
A frame guard patrolling the City.
List of appearances
- ^ a b Bungie.net: The City
- ^ Bungie.net: Pathways out of Darkness
- ^ a b Eurogamer.net: Destiny: Bungie unveils its shared-world shooter
- ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The City Age
- ^ Bungie Destiny Story
- ^ Bungie (2014-6-12), Destiny, Alpha PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Guardians
- ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Factions
- ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire The City Age
- ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The Taken War: Mars
- ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: Rise of Iron, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, A Symbol of Honor
- ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: Rise of Iron, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Nexus: Revisited
- ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: Rise of Iron, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Will of Crota: Revisited
- ^ Polygon - Watch the first teaser for Destiny 2
- ^ YouTube - Destiny 2 – “Rally the Troops” Worldwide Reveal Trailer
- ^ a b c d e f Bungie (2015-2-14), Destiny, Activision Blizzard: Loudspeaker announcements in Tower Watch
- ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: The City Age 2
- ^ Reddit: The Last City is Pokhara, Nepal