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The Last City, in the shadow of the Traveler
"From across the ruined earth they came, seeking shelter from the storm."
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The Last City, also known as The Last Safe City or simplified to The City,[1] 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.[2][3] The City was slowly built after the Collapse[4], 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.[5] Countless wars were fought to keep the peace, and from this era of strife rose the Guardians.[6] 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.[4] They have defended the City for centuries, but this defense did not last indefinitely, as demonstrated by Dominus Ghaul's invasion.[7] The City was occupied by Ghaul and his Red Legion following the onset of the Red War, but was liberated after a counteroffensive led by the Vanguard.


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.[2] 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. Since then, it was ruled by a Consensus of the factions, with the Speaker as its head and the Vanguard taking on an advisory role.[8]

During the Red War, the Red Legion's occupation of the City disrupted its governance. Although the Vanguard and Consensus survived, the Speaker is presumed dead following the City's liberation, and it is unclear who, if anyone, will fill his role.


"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 its 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

For a long time after the Collapse, humanity had been divided into various petty fiefdoms, with Guardians blessed with the Traveler's Light becoming petty kings or bandits that preyed on the weak. However, following the foundation of the Iron Lords, humanity began to unite. Underneath the Traveler, with the guidance of the first Speaker, the Last City began to take root. It started as a small number of tents, but as more Guardians and humans began to arrive in the area, the City began to grow, the tents turning into fully-fledged buildings and exploding in size as the population increased. Even throughout various alien attacks such as Fallen raids, the City grew, until it reached its maximum extent, and the Guardians, including Zavala, Ikora Rey, and Shaxx helped to build the city's walls.

At some point during the City's existence, the various factions and groups in the city fought one another for dominance in a conflict that nearly tore the city apart. However, the conflict was ended when the Guardians stepped in and put an end to the fighting. The end of the Faction Wars saw the creation of the current City government, with the civilian Consensus, the Guardian Vanguard, and the Speaker serving as the city's leaders.

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.[5]

In 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11][12]

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. [13][14]

Several weeks after the Red Legion's occupation of the City, a Vanguard counter-offensive led by Commander Zavala, Cayde-6, and Ikora Rey liberated the city. During the occupation, The Speaker was killed and the Traveler subjected to a massive cage which constricted its power and allowed the Commander of the Legion, Dominus Ghaul, to extract and use its Light for himself. However, during the battle to liberate the City, Ghaul was killed and the stolen light was reclaimed by the Traveler, which had awoken for the first time since the Collapse. The Tower was destroyed in the battle, and the Vanguard as well as many other vendors were forced to relocate until the old Tower could be renovated. The Vanguard continued to authorize and direct Strikes against priority targets from their new position.[15]

During the events of Black Armory, the city was breached by the Kell's Scourge, a brand new, anarchist faction of Fallen terrorists who sought to steal and harness Black Armory technology to rise against all Fallen orders. Their attack was the largest Fallen offensive on the city since the Battle of the Twilight Gap, and required a full team of six Guardians to raid their lair. The attack was neutralized when the Guardians confronted the source of the attack, Insurrection Prime, Kell's Scourge, who battled the Guardians with a massive war-mech, eventually being brought down by the combined efforts of the Guardian raid team.

Sometime after the Red Legion's defeat at the The Sundial and return of Saint-14, the Psion Flayer Amtec, in a final desperate act, commandeered The Almighty and sent it on a collision course for Earth, hoping to annihilate The Last City. Thankfully, Zavala and Anastasia Bray, with the help of Rasputin and the Guardians, were able to reactivate the Warmind's Seraph countermeasures. Mere days before the Almighty's collision, the Warmind weapons bombarded the ship until it finally exploded in low orbit. Debris from the Almighty's core crashed along the side of a mountain near the city, unleashing a massive shockwave that did minor/insignificant damage to the settlement. Ultimately, however, the Last City survives Amtec's plot thanks to the efforts of the Guardians and the Warmind.

Unfortunately, this victory against the Cabal would prove short-lived as the Last City receives reports of Pyramid-shaped vessels appearing over planets of the Solar System. The Guardians, the Vanguard, and Last City officials soon confirm their worst fears: the Darkness had returned. Worse, Rasputin is silenced by the Darkness when it and Ana Bray attempted to fight back with the Warmind's Warsat network, only to fail. As the Guardians work with Eris Morn to discern the Darkness's intentions in the messages the Pyramid's send on Io, Zavala gathers the main City factions to formulate a plan should the Darkness turn hostile. Despite some initial squabbling, Zavala is able to reach a compromise with the factions, gaining their support in the establishment of Project Stronghold, the plan to fortify the Last City's defenses.

Sadly, after the Vanguard gave shelter to the Eliksni House of Light and after the invasion of the Vex on the City, all the factions of Dead Orbit, Future War Cult, and New Monarchy fled the City. The City is now currently completely governed by the Vanguard.


The City is divided into several districts, not all of which are known. Shuttles periodically transport passengers between the City's districts and the Tower.[16]

  • Anchor District
  • Botza District - an abandoned area within the Last City that houses the long lost Vault Ebisu of the Black Armory, and staging grounds of the Scourge of the Past Raid. As of Season of the Splicer, it houses the headquarters of the House of Light and now goes by the name "The Eliksni Quarter".
  • City Perimeter - the land surrounding the City proper, just beyond its walls. Also known as the City Outskirts. Twilight Gap, a valley where the City's Guardians repelled a Fallen invasion force, is located here.
  • Core East[16][17]
  • Core South[16]
  • District 125[16] - an area where maglev train rails are located; the Praxic Warlock Aunor Mahal is known to have derailed a train and crashed it into an abandoned warehouse in an attempt to stop the Shadows of Yor hiding there.[17]
  • Midtown - an isolated and abandoned location of the City used as a Crucible arena during the Red War.
  • Military District - the location of the Future War Cult clubhouse.[16]
  • Peregrine District - site of the Guardians' incursion to assassinate Dominus Ghaul during the Red Legion's occupation.[18]
  • Ridgeback District
  • Riverside - an area from where the transformation of the Traveler could be observed, as the Traveler healed its wounds sustained in the Red War and chased off the ecroaching Darkness.[19]
  • The Core - the City's central area, directly beneath the Traveler. The Hall of Consensus is located here.[16]
  • West District - an area where the Tex Mechanica foundry is located.[20]

After Twilight Gap, the districts nearest the City walls were abandoned.[21] Many districts were also entirely obliterated by the Red Legion's invasion and occupation of the City. To replace them following the City's liberation, blueprints with modular designs for housing and storefronts were drawn up by City engineers.[22]


City-based Organizations[edit]

Consensus Factions[edit]

Guardian Organizations[edit]

Weapon Foundries[edit]




  • 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.[23] 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 Caucasus mountains in Russia based on the Cosmodrome's relatively nearby location during A Guardian Rises closing cinematic. In the lost Cryptarch mission, Amanda refers to the EDZ as "Back across the Pond" Indicating the City being in North America. Based on the Mountainous Terrain, it's possible the Last City could be around Denver, Colorado, or Colorado Springs.
    • Suraya Hawthorne makes a similar notion in one of the EDZ adventure missions, stating that when she heard the city's distress signal she flew across the ocean to help. This does indeed place the city on the North or South American continent. Since she was running supplies in the EDZ when the signal came through and flying to anywhere in Europe, Russia, Asia, and Africa from there would not have required her to cross any oceans.
    • After the first mission of the Forsaken campaign, Amanda Holliday states that her mother died crossing the Panama Ravine on their way to The Last City, with her father dying just outside its gate. Given this, and her extremely Southern United States mannerisms/accent, it's reasonable to assume that The Last City is somewhere in South America.
    • In addition to the above, the lore tab for the Colony exotic grenade launcher mentions that a man died of a terciopelo snake bite near the City. Terciopelo snakes, also known by the scientific name Bothrops asper, naturally range between southern Mexico to northern South America, further supporting that the Last City is in South America.
    • Orin states that the City is south of the Sinaloan Ruins, presumably in Mexico, and that part of the reason the Fallen steer clear is because there are too many parasites, adding yet more to the claim that it is located in South America.[24][25]
    • The Traveler is depicted over the north pole of Earth in Shadowkeep key art, though this is obviously for artistic effect and not accurate to its actual position and by extension the City's location.
  • Curiously in Destiny 1 and 2, Signs around the tower and the New Tower are typically placed in three languages. The first being English, the next Portuguese, finally Chinese. This suggests that the primary ethnic groups of The Last City are of English, Latin-American, and Asian heritage.
  • In Destiny 2, there is a secret room of the Daito weapon foundry, the company that manufactured the Jade Rabbit scout rifle, accessible through a ventilation shaft in the Hangar area of the Last City. This room contains a Ghost scan of a computer journal of Ana Bray, who is featured in the Warmind expansion.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Bungie (2015/9/20), Destiny 2, Xbox One, Activision Blizzard: Failsafe dialogue
  2. ^ a b The City
  3. ^ Pathways out of Darkness
  4. ^ a b Destiny: Bungie unveils its shared-world shooter
  5. ^ a b Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The City Age
  6. ^ Bungie Destiny Story
  7. ^ Bungie (2014-6-12), Destiny, Alpha PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Guardians
  8. ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Factions
  9. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: The Taken War: Mars
  10. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: Rise of Iron, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, A Symbol of Honor
  11. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: Rise of Iron, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Nexus: Revisited
  12. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: Rise of Iron, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Will of Crota: Revisited
  13. ^ Polygon - Watch the first teaser for Destiny 2
  14. ^ YouTube - Destiny 2 – “Rally the Troops” Worldwide Reveal Trailer
  15. ^ Bungie (2017/9/6), Destiny 2, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Chosen
  16. ^ a b c d e f Bungie (2015-2-14), Destiny, Activision Blizzard: Loudspeaker announcements in Tower Watch
  17. ^ a b Bungie (2019/3/5), Destiny 2: Joker's Wild, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Lore: The Warlock Aunor - District 125
  18. ^ Bungie (2017/9/20), Destiny 2, Xbox One Activision Blizzard: Chosen
  19. ^ Bungie (2020/6/9), Destiny 2: Season of Arrivals, Playstation 4
  20. ^ Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: The City Age 2
  21. ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: The City Age 2
  22. ^ Bungie (2017/9/20), Destiny 2, Xbox One Activision Blizzard: Ghost Scans
  23. ^ Reddit: The Last City is Pokhara, Nepal
  24. ^ Bungie (2019/3/5), Destiny 2: Joker's Wild, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Ecdysis: War Hammer
  25. ^ Bungie (2019/3/5), Destiny 2: Joker's Wild, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Ecdysis: Question After Question