The Variable (quest)

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Vexcalibur: Authorization Override

The Variable
Exotic Vexcalibur quest icon.jpg


Destiny 2: Season of Defiance

Quest giver:



Investigate the appearance of anomalous objects in the EDZ and a Vex network node.



The Variable is an Exotic Quest released in Season of Defiance, marking the start of the "NODE.OVRD.AVALON" Exotic Mission. Completion of the quest awards players with the exotic Glaive Vexcalibur with Deepsight resonance, making it possible to craft this weapon with different intrinsic traits that can be later unlocked from uncovering hidden chests in the exotic mission.


Step 1[edit]

Investigate the Gulch in the EDZ where Guardians have reported anomalous objects.

  • Digital trace investigated

The War Table reported that strange digital traces were found somewhere in the EDZ.

"upted // variable corrupted //variable corrupted // variable corrupted // variable corrupted // variable corrupted // variable corr"

Step 2[edit]

Follow the digital traces.[1]

  • Mystery solved

Each trace echoes part of an access code…

"~.. //o__u r..~ec—;eA. r/'.__e /y/_.~"[2]

Step 3[edit]

Explore the Vex network node in the EDZ and discover its secrets.

  • //node.ovrd.AVALON// completed

//node.ovrd.AVALON// can be launched from the EDZ in the Destinations tab of the Director.

"A Vex network node has been overwritten with a single word: AVALON."

Step 4[edit]

Bring the object from the Vex network to the War Table for analysis.

  • War Table visited

The digitized object from within the Vex network requires further analysis.

"An object from within the Vex network. An access key? Or… something more?"


"And my vanquisher will read that book, seeking the weapon, and they will come to understand me, where I have been and where I was going."
The following is a verbatim transcription of an official document for archival reasons. As the original content is transcribed word-for-word, any possible discrepancies and/or errors are included.

As you approached the War Table, the lights in the H.E.L.M. flicker ominously.

You place the object claimed from the AVALON network node on the table.

Suddenly, a cyclone of digitized information swirls from the War Table dataports. "TRANSFER DETECTED" flashes on the viewscreen as a surge of data flows over the object, imbuing it with strange power.

In a moment, it is over, and a gleaming Glaive awaits you on the table. It seems as though Vanguard and Vex technology combined to create... something altogether new.

The lights in the H.E.L.M. flicker once more... perhaps in smug satisfaction.



  1. ^ Players must interact with all the Vex nodes in the Gulch within a limited timespan to acquire an access code. Each node reveals a different part of the code: 53-43-52-49-42-45 (Hexadecimal for SCRIBE). Once all nodes are triggered, a simulated cavewall deactivates, revealing a friendly Harpy that will mark the start of the Exotic Mission.
  2. ^ Translates to "Are you receiving me?"