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|“||An ancient evil stirs beneath the shattered surface of our Moon.||”|
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- "We once looked to the Moon and saw hope. Now we see only the power of the Darkness."
- — Grimoire description.
- "The fight to take back all that has been lost—begins here."
- — Destiny Official Facebook
The surface of the Moon appears to be shattered with immense fissures in the crust spewing a sickly yellow miasma, hinting at the utter destruction going on deep beneath the lunar surface.The Hive have been buried within the moon for centuries, growing stronger within its lifeless core where they have carved their kingdom. Since the end of the Battle of Twilight Gap, a consequent Fallen presence has been encountered there in the form of the House of Exile.  At some point, there were Cabal present on the moon as well. The Vex also established at least one portal to the Black Garden in the distant past.
- "We gave up the Moon to keep the Hive away from Earth. We hoped that would be enough for them."
- — Ghost
During the Golden Age, the Moon served as an outpost for supporting humanity's colonies across the system. The remains of an Accelerator and Moonbase can be found, used to deliver supplies to the colonies. The moon once housed a thriving human colony of interconnected bases, but now only broken domes and scattered space suits half-buried in the lunar soil mark humanity's faded dominance.
After the Collapse, the Moon was occupied by the Hive, led by Crota, Son of Oryx, seeking the Traveler and its Light-bearers. There they hollowed out its mantle and fortified it into their lair known as the Hellmouth.
Rezyl Azzir made first contact with the Hive on the Moon before returning to warn the City of the threat they posed. After the Battle of Burning Lake, Guardians attempted to take back the Moon in a disastrous battle that resulted in thousands of Guardians slain by Crota. Exploration efforts were repulsed, reporting increased enemy activity, and even strange tectonic phenomenon. The moon was classified as a Forbidden Zone, accessible only to the most experienced Guardians.
Eventually, the discovery of the Hive's deployment of Hive seeders on Earth, launched from the Moon, forced the Vanguard to rescind their decision to principally avoid Lunar territory. Fearing further incursion, the Vanguard began sanctioning strikes against key Hive personnel and assets.
The Dark Below
Following the discovery of the Black Garden, the hive god Crota, Son of Oryx began to reawaken. This was preceded by the reappearance of Eris Morn, an agent of The Hidden and member of the First Crota Fireteam originally assumed to be deceased. Following the instructions of Eris, the Guardian was able to destroy the crystal containing the Soul of Crota and prevent his reemergence in the material plane. This instigated the opportunity to directly enter the Hellmouth and begin Crota's End.
The Taken War
When Oryx and the Taken arrived in the system, new activity began in the Hellmouth. The Guardian traveled into the Hellmouth once again to claim a piece of the crystal that held the Soul of Crota, only to find it an empty shell. Hoping to make use of the dead god's essence, the Guardian infiltrated the death ceremony of Crota using cloaking technology stolen from Rasputin, narrowly escaping the throne world thanks to the powers of Eris Morn.
Months after the loss of their Archon and Site 6, the Splicers sought to regain their advantage but lacked the leadership to do it. In desperation, the Splicers proposed an alliance to the crew of the mercenary, Taniks, the Scarred. To cement their alliance, the Devil Splicers used SIVA to resurrect Taniks as Taniks Perfected. Though Taniks' mind was overtaken by SIVA, his leadership and ruthlessness remained, giving them the advantage they needed. Unfortunately, their efforts were discovered by Variks, the Loyal who relayed their plans to the Vanguard. The Vanguard authorised a Strike on the Moon against the Splicers, Taniks' crew and the Hive who were harassing them. Despite their efforts and Taniks' new abilities, Taniks was defeated. With Taniks dead again, the Splicers were left broken and leaderless once more.
Red War and beyond
During the Red Legion occupation of the Last City and Ghaul's capture of the Traveler, the Moon was largely ignored as a battleground. According to Vanguard reports "Hive populations remain low and grow ever lower thanks to the efforts of a small contingent of veteran guardians who have made their homes on Luna". During a patrol, a Guardian by the name of Fenchurch Everis found an unknown object lodged in the chest of a Thrall on Luna that caused hallucinations when picked up, described as sharp, dark and slippery. The arrival of the Drifter and Gambit has caused a reduced Guardian presence on the frontiers, according to the Praxic Warlock Aunor Mahal; "in the absence of light, even the Hellmouth on the moon is stirring".
The Guardians ultimately returned to Luna following the discovery of a new crimson-hued Hive fortress near the Hellmouth, the Scarlet Keep. Worse, Eris Morn returned bearing a discovery: a massive black Pyramid structure beneath the Keep, tied directly to the Darkness itself. The Hive managed to harness a fraction of the Pyramid's power, creating Nightmare phantoms that took on the forms of the Guardians' greatest foes. The Guardians worked with Eris to combat the Hive, their Nightmare creations and unlock the secrets of the Pyramid. They continued to battle the Nightmares, along with the Hive, Fallen, Vex, Cabal, and Scorn that appeared with them.
The Guardians' situation on the Moon soon grew complicated when the relic they acquired from the Pyramid began sending a signal to the Black Garden. A fireteam of Guardians entered the Black Garden via a newly-discovered portal on the moon, destroying Consecrated Mind, Sol Inherent and Sanctified Mind, Sol Inherent. At the end of their journey, the fireteam discovered a statue identical to the one found aboard the Pyramid.
However, the Vex would not take this incursion into the Black Garden lightly. The destruction of the Sol Inherent minds prompted the Sol Divisive to resurrect the Undying Mind. In turn, the Undying Mind copied itself across thousands of timelines after learning from its previous encounters; causing the Vex to invade the Moon en masse in an effort to bar entry into the Black Garden.
After weeks of holding the Sol Divisive back, the Guardians followed Ikora's plan to use a beacon to pull one of the thousand copies of the Undying Mind from the timeways, giving them an opportunity to destroy the Axis Mind. The Guardians pushed forward against the latest Vex Offensive, breaching into the Black Garden once again and planting the beacon. As planned, the beacon drew a copy of the Undying Mind and after a perilous struggle, the Guardians succeed in destroying the Mind. However, as thousands of copies of the Mind existed, the Guardians were forced to continually destroy the copies one-by-one using the same process. Eventually, every last copy of the Mind was destroyed. However, the absence of the Undying Mind would allow the Red Legion to fracture time on Mercury, and across the solar system.
The Hunt for the Wrathborn
A little under a year after the Vex were driven back, Savathûn herself was excommunicated, prompting her sister, Xivu Arath, to attempt to take over the Hive, including the Hidden Swarm. The Hive God of War sent her emissary to the Moon to construct Cryptoliths in the Hall of Wisdom and the Shrine of Oryx, as well as commune with the remaining daughters of Crota to lure the Hidden Swarm under Xivu's command. However, Osiris interrupted the meeting, killing much of the Swarm's noble brood. However, he was unable to beat the Celebrant, resulting in Sagira's death and the Warlock to pursue the Celebrant in a blind rage. Eventually, the Guardian themselves returned to the moon, drove the High Celebrant back to the Ascendant Realm, and retrieve Osiris with the help of the resurrected Uldren Sov.
Even after the Hunt had concluded, the Hidden Swarm still operated on the Moon, under the leadership of Crota's sole remaining daughter.
The Endless Night
During the Endless Night, the Guardians sought to gain access to the Vex Network over the system to find its origin. This brought them to the Lunar Battlegrounds, to attack the network portal there located, and infiltrate it with the help of House of Light Splicers. The Vex responded by deploying massive amounts of units, as well as simulations of the Hive, in its defense. Eventually, the Vanguard gained access to the deeper network on the satellite, and they sent The Guardian to infiltrate it and destroy its directing Mind. This space would later be infested by Taken, who fought alongside the Vex. Even after the defeat the mastermind, Quria, Blade Transform, it took months to completly close the portal between the network and the physical world.
After the appearence of Savathûn's Throne World, her Lucent Brood began harnessing Light from Guardians for an unknown purpose. The reason would end up being an attack on the Scarlet Keep, with the intent of taking it from the Hidden Swarm and turning it into a bastion from which to quickly besiege the Last City. The Vanguard and Imperial Cabal troops would intervene in the battle, fighting through a Light-mutated Keep, and striking at the heart of the ritual, stopping and capturing the Lightbearer overseeing it.
Return of the Leviathan
Soon after that, the vessel of Emperor Calus, the Leviathan, reappeared in the Moon's orbit. The ship attracted many Nightmares from the satellite, who began infesting it. Meanwhile, Loyalists landed in Sorrow's Harbor, traversing the dephs of the Scarlet Keep to reach the Pyramid lying beneath, and thus transporting the consciousness of their Emperor to it, establishing a connection between the two vessels. The Emperor managed to make a connection to the Pyramid, transfering his consciousness into it, and so the Imperial Cabal fleet and the H.E.L.M. remain in orbit, forming a blockade against the Leviathan and awaiting his next move.
- Mare Cognitum
- Ocean of Storms (Destination)
- Anchor of Light (Public Location)
- Archer's Line (Public Location)
- Hellmouth (Public Location)
- Sanctuary (Public Location)
- Sorrow's Harbor (Public Location)
- The Moon is the smallest explorable area in Destiny. That being said, its size is deceptively larger than the map would suggest, as the Hellmouth contains a large number of underground chambers.
- Before the release of Rise of Iron, the Moon was the only location where Taken didn't spawn in Patrol zones; the Plaguelands have no Taken.
- The Moon is the first location in Destiny 2 to feature locations from the original Destiny in its public area, and second to feature original locations overall, the first being the Cosmodrome.
- Though the Moon has no breathable atmosphere for human-like lifeforms, in Shadowkeep, Eris Morn and Ikora Rey were both seen on the Moon with no air-providing equipment or suits. It's possible that like most of the other celestial bodies in the Sol System, the Traveler terraformed the Moon to a certain degree.
- The Moon is also depicted as having Earth-like gravity. This was attributed to the Traveler by scientists during the Golden Age.
- Cabal corpses can be found on the Moon in The Cauldron, indicating an assault sometime during or immediately after The Collapse.
List of appearances
- The Law Of The Jungle (First appearance)
- Destiny 2
- Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Console, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Moon
- Destiny the Game
- Facebook, Destiny
- Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Console, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: First Light
- https://www.destinythegame.com/game/enemies/hive Destiny the Game Hive
- Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: The Moon
- Cabal on the Moon
- Bungie (2014/9/9), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Dark Beyound
- Bungie : The Moon
- Bungie: The Moon
- Bungie (2016-9-20), Destiny: Rise of Iron, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, The Shadow Thief: Revisited
- Gamespot - Destiny Players Will Still Find "Lots of Compelling Stuff to Do" Months After Launch
- Bungie (2015/5/19), Destiny: House of Wolves Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: Vex 4
- Cabal on the Moon