Toland, the Shattered

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Toland, the Shattered
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Biographical information

Birthplace:

Earth

Species:

Human

Gender:

Male

Political and military information

Affiliation:

Guardians

Rank:

Guardian

Class:

Warlock (Sunsinger)[1]

Notable info:

Exiled for his apparent madness
Creator of Bad Juju
Owned a Journal chronicling his discoveries about the Hive

 
"Life is pain. Pain is power. And power is life."
—Toland, the Shattered[2]

Toland, the Shattered was a Warlock Sunsinger who studied the Darkness and eventually went mad, leaving the Last City in exile.[3] He was an expert on "forbidden" Hive Arcana; for that reason, he was recruited by the Praxic Warlock Eriana-3 to be part of the six Guardian Fireteam who delved into the Hellmouth in search of Crota. Considering only Eris came back alive, he was assumed to be dead, though unlike the other members of the fireteam, his fate was never witnessed by anyone else. Recently, messages purportedly written by Toland have been discovered that indicate he yet survives in the Hive's Ascendant Realm. He attempts to communicate to the Guardian by unknown means, as he takes "a debased joy in speaking again to small human-form heads." He is believed to be the creator of Bad Juju[3], an Exotic Pulse Rifle covered in the bones of an unknown creature. In addition, Toland is said to have designed Shadow Price, a legendary Auto Rifle issued to the Vanguard.

Biography[edit]

Descent into the Hellmouth[edit]

Many of Toland's discoveries survived him via fragments of his journal and the memories of Dead Ghosts. A whole copy of the Journal was kept by Eris Morn. His studies led him to conclude that the Darkness was the evolutionary endpoint of the universe, and that its campaign of destruction was to ensure that nothing could ever rise up to challenge it.[4] He had a fascination with Hive rituals, particularly the Deathsong of Ir Yût.[5]

Years after Toland's exile and in the aftermath of The Great Disaster, the old Warlock was visited by Eriana-3 and Eris Morn, who were seeking a way to destroy the Hive Prince Crota. He revealed to them that Crota could be killed if they were to enter the Ascendant Realm and slay him within his throne room after defeating his champions. Toland warned them of the many dangers they would face and spoke of the mysterious song sung by the Deathsingers that he wished to understand. Toland decided to join them in their quest to end Crota in order to learn more about the Hive, and they recruited three other Guardians to their mission: the Titan Vell Tarlowe and the Hunters Sai Mota and Omar Agah.[6] As they prepared for their mission, Toland imparted what he knew of Hive lore to Eris, including his knowledge about the Ogres known as the Might of Crota, which would be unleashed when Crota's will was challenged. Eris questioned how he had come by this knowledge, and Toland claimed to have learned it from the Darkness itself.[7]

His fascination lead him to attempt to "identify [him]self as a friend" to the Deathsinger. Though the Deathsinger's song destroyed his body, his consciousness survived in the Ascendant realm.

Journey in the Ascendant Realm[edit]

He watched the Guardian's progress in his war against Oryx, regarding their victories as simply an extension of how the Hive rule through the Sword-Logic. He was infuriated, however, when the Guardian defeated Oryx but refused to take up the mantle as the new Taken King.[8] It is possible that the reason Toland was so upset about the Guardians refusing to take Oryx's place was because he himself became a firm believer in the Sword-Logic and the nature of the strongest ruling. With the Guardians freeing the Light, not Taking it and leaving Oryx's throne vacant, it was obvious that Toland felt that the Guardians squandered the chance to take Oryx's place, and more so that the Sword-Logic failed and was now broken. This in turn left Toland's deeply held beliefs and his years of studying the Hive all for nothing.

Toland's voice can be heard in Destiny 2 during the Voidwalker subclass mission. He will recount some of his discoveries about the Hive and the Darkness, and how he entered the Ascendant Realm.

In The Depths of The Dreaming City[edit]

"Guiding the uninitiated toward a final battle of spectacular futility used to be my specialty, you know. Forgive me if I'm a little rusty."
—Toland

Though the Sword Logic was broken, Toland still journeys through the parts of the Ascendant Realm between Throne Worlds. It is also revealed that he created a small world for himself. Toland also had an encounter with Mara Sov while she was traveling between Throne Worlds. When Toland questioned her, Mara temporarily drove Toland out his own realm and used it as a rest point for her own trek through the Ascendant Realm.

In Forsaken, Toland appears as a floating ball of light in the Ascendant Realm within the Dreaming City. Upon encountering him, he reluctantly agrees to lead the Guardian out of the Ascendant Realm. Toland can also be found in the Ascendant Realm in certain spots during an Ascendant Challenge. Once approached, he will disappear and briefly monologue about the Taken curse within the City.

List of Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bungie (2015/9/15), Destiny: The Taken King, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Path of the Sunsinger
  2. ^ Bungie (2015-9-15), Destiny: PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Agonarch Karve
  3. ^ a b Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Toland's Legacy Bounty description.
  4. ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ghost Fragment: Darkness 3
  5. ^ Bungie (2014-9-9), Destiny, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Ir Yût, the Deathsinger
  6. ^ Bungie (2014/12/9), Destiny: The Dark Below, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Crota's End
  7. ^ Bungie (2014/12/9), Destiny: The Dark Below, PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Grimoire: Might of Crota
  8. ^ Bungie (2015-9-15), Destiny: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, King's Fall