Born in Darkness Part 1

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Born in Darkness Part 2

Born in Darkness Part 1
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Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Quest giver:

Exo Stranger


Empower the Skeleton Key and access the encrypted journal of Clovis Bray I and his research into Stasis.


Aspect of Control


Born in Darkness Part 1 is the first step in a questline in Destiny 2 which accessible after the completion of the Beyond Light campaign. It is given by the Exo Stranger, who reveals herself to be Elsie Bray, and deepens the Guardians with their understanding of Stasis. In order to further master their abilities, Elsie tasks the Guardian to empower a security device call the Skeleton Key that can decipher her grandfather's journal and his studies of the Darkness.


"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.


The Exo Stranger is pleased with your progress acquiring and learning to use Stasis, but explains it can still be further enhanced.

She reveals herself to be Elisabeth "Elsie" Bray, granddaughter of Clovis Bray I. His experiments on Europa were filled with deceptions and secrets—the most important of which may have involved Exos, Darkness, and by association, Stasis.

Acquire his digital journal, and you're bound to discover further truths about Stasis. But the journal is currently locked.

The Exo Stranger removes a symbol from her own body and hands it to you, calling it a Skeleton Key. In order to access the journal, you must first empower the Skeleton Key with Stasis energy.

Follow the Exo Stranger's guidance to empower the Skeleton Key.

EXO STRANGER: Humanity's refuge does not lie in us alone. We must awaken Darkness far and wide. Teach the masses to use it for good. But first, we must awaken its power fully. There was one whose knowledge of the Darkness exceeded even our own. My grandfather: Clovis Bray I. "Elisabeth," he said to me as I woke, born again as an Exo. "You are going to save the world." What a load of crap. The old man didn't care about saving the world. He only cared about his precious legacy. Still... here's to hoping he was right. Clovis kept most of his secrets in his personal journal. And I know just where we can find it.[1]

Step 1: Key to the Truth[edit]

-Gather Energized Ether by defeating Fallen on Europa. -Use Stasis melee against any combatants on Europa.

  • Energized Ether collected: 50
  • Stasis melee final blows: 10

The Skeleton Key requires energy to empower it. The Exo Stranger believes that defeating Fallen and using Stasis abilities should help you to do so.

"Clovis left behind a Skeleton Key to the secrets of Europa, but never told me how to use it. In my dark future, I figured out it needed to be empowered with different types of energy. I used it to unlock Clovis's journal then. But in this timeline, it remains locked."
— The Exo Stranger

Step 2: Key to the Truth[edit]

-Complete Vanguard playlist activities with your Stasis subclass equipped. -Use Stasis abilities against combatants in Vanguard playlists.

  • Vanguard playlists with Stasis equipped: 2
  • Targets affected by Stasis: 40

The Exo Stranger wants you to further empower the Skeleton Key by using Stasis to defeat many combatants. Vanguard playlist activities should give you that opportunity.

"The Skeleton Key requires further empowerment. Let's try something a bit more significant—somewhere you can take on many enemies with Stasis in a short period of time."
— The Exo Stranger

Step 3: Key to the Truth[edit]

Defeat Wenik's platoon near the Crux of Darkness in Eternity.

  • Weniks's platoon defeated

The Skeleton Key is almost ready. The Stranger believes one more boost of energy from combatants near a Crux should do it. Find Weniks, Salvation Elite Captain and eliminate their platoon.

"You're very close. There's a Fallen Captain that's been holed up, causing trouble in one of the Exoscience buildings. Taking them out should do it."
— The Exo Stranger


Weniks, Salvation Elite and his group of Fallen will spawn in the Braytech facility to defend the nearby Crux. Kill him to fully empower the Skeleton Key.

Step 4: Key to the Truth[edit]

Bring the Skeleton Key to the Exo Stranger in the Bunker E15 Lost Sector in Eventide Ruins.

  • Incomplete

The Skeleton Key is fully empowered. It's time to rendezvous with the Exo Stranger.

"The Skeleton Key's ready. Come find me at my family's secret bunker and use it to unlock the journal. It's time to expose that which Clovis desired to stay hidden."
— The Exo Stranger


The Guardian finds Elsie looking at an old picture of her and Ana as children, before she became an Exo.

  • EXO STRANGER: It's a strange thing. Sisters, alive again at the same time. Me wishing I didn't remember my past... Ana searching constantly for hers. All this time, I've kept her searching. Kept her away from desire. Fortunately for those of us in need, Clovis left plenty behind. He wanted it that way. You brought the key.

The Guardian inserts the key into the bunker’s computer.

  • GHOST: Everything we're looking for is in there?
  • EXO STRANGER: Clovis was a man so obsessed with legacy, he recorded practically everything he did, including every body he left buried in our family past. History loves referring to his kind as "great men”. Remembering their successes while ignoring the atrocities committed to get there. Make no mistake, Clovis was ambitious. Ruthless. A tyrant. That knowledge is why I've kept Ana searching. She's not ready to hear about any of it... or even about me, for that matter. We're not here to learn who Clovis was either. Only to gain what he found experimenting with the Darkness: Stasis. If we're lucky, this journal is our key to unlocking its greater potential. We'll have answers once I can decrypt it further. Thank you... for your help. When I know more, you'll know more.

Elsie transmats away from the bunker.[2]

Step 5: Key to the Truth[edit]

Regroup with the Exo Stranger in Beyond.

  • Exo Stranger visited

Thanks to the new data recovered, the Exo Stranger now has a gift for you related to Stasis.

"I realize now, our search for the Stasis Clovis found will always intertwine with my family's past, and my dark future. I'm sorry I left abruptly… but talk of family… always makes me uncomfortable.
Perhaps one day, Ana and I will be reunited. Until then… Clovis's journal may have led me to find something Stasis related. If so, I think you should have it. Come find me near the campsite in a bit.
— The Exo Stranger


Visit the Exo Stranger back at her base camp to receive the Aspect of Control quest, which will unlock an additional aspect for your Stasis subclasses upon completion.


The Exo Stranger uncrosses her arms as you approach, happy to see you again so soon.

"This journal of Clovis's is more of a boon for us than I previously realized. In my original timeline, there was a hard copy, though it was incomplete. You've finally helped me access its digital form, and with it, we've been rewarded."

The Exo Stranger hands you what she found.

"Our first step in enhancing your Darkness abilities begins with this. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make of it."

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Bungie (2020/11/10), Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Playstation 4, Born in Darkness Part 1| Intro
  2. ^ Bungie (2020/11/10), Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Playstation 4, Born In Darkness Part 1| Step Four