Who Is Nezarec In ‘Destiny 2’? A Brief History

This week, Destiny 2 players were treated to the reveal that the relics we’ve been collecting in Season of Plunder are all pieces of a dead thing named Nezarec.

Now, depending on your history with Destiny 2, this was either the most exciting thing you’ve ever heard, or you had no idea who they were talking about. But even if you are a veteran player, Nezarec has been a purposeful mystery for literally years now, before Bungie has finally brought him into the fold.

I’m going to try to catch you up here as best I can. I already did a video on this, but I figure text form is better for some people. So, here’s a brief history:

Nezarec’s Sin – This is likely the main place anyone has heard of Nezarec, an exotic helmet (above) that arrived with vanilla Destiny 2 that boosts ability regen on void kills. Its lore described a mythical, terrifying figure that seemed like it did not fit with any other Destiny lore. The passage:

“He is that which is end. That which covets sin. The final god of pain—the purest light, the darkest hour. And He shall rise again. When the guiding shine fades and all seems lost He will call to you. Fear not. All He offers is not as dark as it may seem. For Nezarec is no demon, but a fiend, arch and vile in ways unknown. He is a path and a way, one of many. And his sin—so wicked, so divine—is that he will never cower when dusk does fall, but stand vigilant as old stars die and new Light blinks its first upon this fêted eternity.”

The Tombs of Nezarec – We heard quite literally nothing about Nezarec for a long, long time, until eventually, The Drifter listed off the “Seven Tombs of Nezarec” as a location in a lore passage, implying multiple burial sites for…whatever Nezarec was.

Nezarec’s Whisper – Fast-forward to this year, last season, where in Season of the Haunted, we got a new glaive with the flavor text, making it clear Nezarec used to be a Disciple of the Witness:

“Rise, Disciple, and bear this gift with pride.” —Rhulk, Disciple of the Witness

The accompanying passage has Eris finding the glaive and searching for its owner, who isn’t there, but she seems to feel his presence.

The Relics – Now, we arrive at yesterday, where multiple pieces of Nezarec history have been confirmed. Nezarec was not only a Disciple, but he was the operator of the Lunar pyramid, where he was buried, at least in part. He was found by Mithrax’s mother and other Fallen, and they harvested parts of his body which gave them dark powers, and Mithrax was driven to extreme violence when he was older because of the relics, which were eventually scattered. Now, these relics are what we’re hunting down and reassembling. If you stand near them in the HELM, they whisper…

Delicate Tomb – The final piece of this puzzle, so far, is another weapon, the seasonal exotic, Delicate Tomb, which appears to itself house a relic of Nezarec. The inside has Vow of the Disciple-like weapon gears, leaking darkness goo, pyramid decorations, and the lore of the gun seems to indicate that Nezarec is still alive in some bodiless form, waiting to return. A theory is that we may end up resurrecting Nezarec by bringing all these pieces together. The gun’s exotic perk name, Traitor’s Vessel, also seems to indicate a theory that Nezarec betrayed the Witness somehow, so even if he’s demonic and dangerous, he could theoretically be on our side, if he’s made to return.

And now you’re caught up. We don’t know where things will go from here and if we’ll actually resurrect Nezarec or just use his dark power, but it’s still pretty wild to see Bungie bring him into the main storyline after all these years, even if no, this was almost certainly not the “plan” five years ago when that lore was written. Still cool.

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