Meridian Bay

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Near the ruins of a great city, dark forces gather for war.
Meridian Bay
Meridian Bay. Source: Artist: Bungie. Accessed on 2014-07-19



Hostile Races:



Complete Exclusion Zone

Landing Zones:

The Barrens

"A great city is a place where man competes with the Gods"
Alton Bray, "Trials and Triumphs"

Meridian Bay is located on Mars[1]. It is the site of major Cabal activity, as well as the ruins of Freehold and the former gateway to the Black Garden. Many Cabal Legions are based here, embroiled in a war of attrition with the Virgo Prohibition. The Cabal are mostly fighting the Vex on Mars streaming out to protect the black garden, and have created an exclusion zone with heavy defenses to keep the Vex back, although Guardians have no trouble slipping through their defenses to get to objectives.

The Cabal Legions don't often work together, so Meridian Bay is divided between assigned sections. The Sand Eaters control the most of the region, and consequently, suffer the most losses from Guardian, Vex, and Taken assaults.

During the events of the Red War, the Red Legion invaded the Meridian Bay, taking the Bastion and destroying the gateway to the Garden. It is assumed that the Red Legion lost the bay after the death of Dominus Ghaul, as survivors from the War had retreated to the Hellas Basin in a desperate last stand.

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  • Uldren Sov gives the location of the Meridian Bay at 84 North and 32 East, which places it approximately in the Vastitas Borealis near the northern pole of the planet. The large dunes and undulating topography surrounding Freehold conforms to that of the region.
    • However, the name of Meridian Bay is odd considering its position is not on a Martian meridian, nor within any crater bay or similar known feature of that area of the pole.

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