The League of Extraordinary Guardians: Destiny 2’s Hidden Lore

Destiny 2 Lore

The dust has settled after the Destiny 2 beta, yet we are still discovering new mysterious hints and lore that may unlock future story events ahead. With Grimoire pulled from the game it looks as if we may be scouting the wilds for clues and it may be up to us to find the story. Join me as we investigate how the infamous Captain Nemo may have left his mark in Destiny 2.

Captain Nemo:Prince Dakkar Sci-Fi novel (20k leagues under the sea) -Jules Verne
Antihero-roams the sea via legendary submarine the Nautilus

During the Destiny 2 Beta I feverishly captured all the weapons/armor and discovered something interesting. There are some ships that drop with the same descriptions, yet they have very different title names and color schemes. At first I thought it was just copy and paste by Bungie to give the illusion of more items. However, after I inspected their “Flavor text” (which is the small hint or quote within the item’s description) something stood out. Two ships had the same flavor text and the third mentioned “The Nautilus.” Hmm. What was that again? Oh yeah, that was the name of Captain Nemo’s ship. No big deal, but why do the other two have the same text?

“Nobody ventured farther”
“Retrofitted Nautilus-class for long jaunts from Earth… or farther, if you decide to never come home again.”

Who is Captain Nemo?

Captain Nemo first appeared in the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne. He also appears later in the novel Mysterious Island. These two books are considered canon for Captain Nemo. All the other stories are based on these novels, and new stories are added because this is now Public Domain.
Captain Nemo is one of the best known antiheroes in fiction. He is the mysterious son of an Indian Raja, and a scientific genius who roams the depths of the ocean. He has a deep disdain for oppression and imperialistic nations. His drive is fueled by vengeance, and he will protect those that are oppressed themselves.

“On the surface, they can still exercise their iniquitous laws, fight, devour each other, and indulge in all their earthly horrors. But thirty feet below the (sea’s) surface, their power ceases, their influence fades, and their dominion vanishes. Ah, monsieur, to live in the bottom of the sea! There I recognize no master! There I am free!”

With so many different variations of Captain Nemo, trying to get the whole picture would be impossible. He is mainly described as “Man of courage,” as he has been shown fighting giant monstrous squids in the Caribbean, discover the underwater lost city of Atlantis, and to have read an entire library of knowledge (which is also on board his ship). His legend has inspired countless Sci-fi books, movies and comics over history. He has even popped up in modern culture as a reinvented rescuer who saves the day. One example is his appearance in “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”

Nemo’s Destiny

So, why does this connect him with all these three ships? Well, a newer version of his story was told, and I believe these ships are in reference to a book simply titled Captain Nemo. Written by Kevin J Anderson, this book mentions all three ships in succession during chapter 4, which is the very beginning of the epic adventures that lay ahead.

“During the first moths of his island sojourn, Nemo had built a hut of branches and deadfall in the lowlands as a place to store supplies and sleep while he worked on the permanent and defensible home inside the cliff”

What’s more important are the events that follow immediately after. When Nemo is faced with his own uncertain death, he overcomes his fate and survives. This chapter tells of his attempts to escape an island he is marooned on. Here he is forced to build tools and instruments to help himself survive the solitary dense jungle and rocky terrain. He builds a glider based on his knowledge of Da Vinci’s drawings and his own ingenious mind. Once aloft, he is able to scout the island and work towards his adventure that lays ahead, which includes finding caves that unlock a great mystery. Naturally, I get the reference to the ships now, but it also could be a link to how Destiny 2 is handling its own secret caves.

Lost Sectors

Lost Sectors are dungeon-like activities. Destiny world director Steve Cotton says there are symbols hidden in the open world that need to be activated, which then open one of these Lost Sectors. Players will have to explore the Lost Sector, which will end in a boss and award loot.

“The Adventures actually have a lot of those properties – you get to go into places much like the… imagine going into the first room of the Vault of Glass for the first time, doing an Adventure and building a Vex construct while you’re in there and doing whatever Adventure that happens to tell you to do. That’s how they play out.” -Steve Cotton

In short, we may be in for some much more difficult puzzles ahead that help us learn more about the environment and Grimoire in Destiny 2.

As for the book Captain Nemo, I highly recommend you read it for yourself and I wont spoil it for you, but here’s the summary…

The Real Nemo

This book plays with the question, “What if Nemo was a real man, whose actual life was more fantastic and adventurous than all the fictions it inspired?” Andre Nemo, the man behind the myth is a free-spirited and inventive son of a French shipbuilder. Nemo goes to sea as a cabin boy, faces marauding pirates and bloodthirsty sharks, is marooned for years on a mysterious island, battles prehistoric monsters long believed extinct, journeys to the center of the Earth, balloons across Africa, escapes from Arab slavers, discovers the fabled city of Timbuktu, endures a plague of locusts, survives the Charge of the Light Brigade, tends to the wounded with Florence Nightingale, is pressed into service by the ruthless Robert the Conqueror, and, ultimately, wages war on War itself as the captain of his greatest creation: the legendary underwater vessel known as the Nautilus.
This story also explores the story of Nemo’s childhood friend, Jules Verne, who would later become the man and Legendary author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

So, can you find Nemo? “The sea is vast, he could be anywhere” -C.N. TLOEG

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RYNO aka RIP YOU a NEW ONE, audiophile, aka 666 number of the beat's, Destiny lore fanatic, halo obsessed, Prop builder, Cosplayer / member, and Jack of all trades. Husband, Father, and tireless thinker!

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