The Undying Mind
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The Undying Mind is an ancient Axis Mind of the Sol Divisive Vex, serving as the final boss of its own aforementioned strike and later the main antagonist in Season of the Undying. Its purpose is to protect the Black Garden from intrusion by sealing it out of space and time and to restore the Black Heart.
Long feared by the Vex, the Undying Mind was created by the Precursors eons ago and has laid dormant in the channels of the Black Garden since. The ancient Hydra gets its title from its immortal Vex programming, making it seemingly impossible to destroy permanently. Its existence had even became documented by Maya Sundaresh and the Ishtar Collective.
Sealing The Garden
Several months after a Guardian found entry into the Black Garden and destroyed its heart, the Undying Mind awakens to seal the Garden away from the Guardians once more. Its secondary directives are also to restore its birthplace by summoning back the Black Heart; an act that would result in the destruction of the Traveler. Deep within the garden, the ancient Vex Mind weaves the fabric of space-time around the realm while the Vex gather from across the gate network to protect it.
Deep scans of the growing surge of Vex activity reaches the Hidden lead by the Warlock Vanguard Ikora Rey. With its readings matching no temporal functions, Ikora uncovers the ancient Mind responsible for sealing the Garden and resolves to deal with it accordingly. She begins mapping out its pathways with fragmented data from the Ishtar Academy's archive and successfully pinpoints its hidden channels, with the aid of Cayde-6 and Zavala.
A fireteam of Guardians is dispatched to the Black Garden at Ikora's behest to face the Undying Mind, while dealing with a growing number of Sol Divisive Vex protecting it. With the ancient Mind under threat by the Light-bearing intruders, swarms of Precursors are summoned to defend it with a massive Divisive Oculator barring the way. The Guardians kills the Cyclops and its Precursor army as they proceed to an open Vex gateway and disrupt the nearby Confluxes. The Undying Mind is successfully drawn out of the gateway along with armies of Precursors to defend it, but it is destroyed nonetheless.
True to its name, the Undying Mind would not stay dead for long. It would came back from its destruction to seal the Garden yet again, forcing fireteams of Guardians to confront the immortal Vex mind for no end until the events of the Red War. The arrival of the Red Legion would push the Cabal to retake the Meridian Bay and destroy the only gate to the Black Garden, sealing it off once more and completing the Undying Mind's objective for it.
Season of the Undying
An undetermined amount of time passes within the Garden as it and the Vex within lies patiently in wait for the Darkness to return power to them both. During this time, the inactive Undying Mind became buried in a barrow of flora growing around it. Darkness returns to the realm in the form of the Pyramid's awakening, which send a distant pulse across the Black Garden empowering it yet again and causing the mind to reawaken. With their faith rewarded, Vex Goblins write more circuits to weld to the Mind, building it up to take advantage of its newfound power.
The Undying Mind re-establishes itself after a group of Guardians launched an excursion through a gateway found on Luna and destroyed the Sol Inherent Minds. With the Black Garden lying open yet again, the ancient Mind directs the Sol Divisive’s activity in an ongoing offense to claim the Moon for the Vex; drawn to the Pyramid buried beneath its surface. In addition, it began hiding in multiple co-occurrent timelines, making copies of itself in hundreds upon thousands of different realities to evade the Guardians.
The Mind was considered unreachable until Ikora Rey constructed a modified Vex gate built from Vex chasis components, which she and Zavala had tested by killing two dozen of its copies. This allow the Guardians to draw the ancient Hydra out of the timelines it established and destroy it once again. However, as multiple copies of the Undying Mind existed in the timeways, the Guardians had to summon every single copy one at a time until all were destroyed in a matter of weeks. With the destruction of the Undying Mind, however, the Guardians had changed the course of history: the Vex's projected futures from the Infinite Forest gave way to one of subatomic annihilation by the Black Fleet; which was witnessed by Osiris.
The Undying Mind is a unique Hydra in that it has three shields instead of one. When it first spawns, the passage which the player came from will be blocked, ensuring that there is no escape. It also has the ability to "detonate" when a Guardian gets too close, instantly killing them, and can summon endless waves of reinforcements, and while doing so, two vertical confluxes will send out blinding waves of energy to disorient Guardians. It is otherwise functionally identical to Hydras in that it is capable of blasting through a Guardian's shield very quickly with its Aeon Maul.
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