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4/15/2015 2:00:54 PM

The Black Garden and the Book of Revelation

So I was perusing through all the lore and theories surrounding the Traveler and the Garden, when I read Pujari's grimoire card (for the 20th time), and something caught my eye. Here it is in case anyone needs a refresher: [i]I am Pujari. These are the visions I have had of the Black Garden. The Traveler moved across the face of the iron world. It opened the earth and stitched shut the sky. It made life possible. In these things there is always symmetry. Do you understand? This is not the beginning but it is the reason. The Garden grows in both directions. It grows into tomorrow and yesterday. The red flowers bloom forever. There are gardeners now. They came into the garden in vessels of bronze and they move through the groves in rivers of thought. This is the vision I had when I leapt from the Shores of Time and let myself sink: I walked beneath the blossoms. The light came from ahead and the shadows of the flowers were words. They said things but I will not write them here. At the end of the path grew a flower in the shape of a Ghost. I reached out to pluck it and it cut me with a thorn. I bled and the blood was Light. The Ghost said to me: You are a dead thing made by a dead power in the shape of the dead. All you will ever do is kill. You do not belong here. This is a place of life. The Traveler is life, I said. You are a creature of Darkness. You seek to deceive me. But I looked behind me, down the long slope where the blossoms tumbled in the warm wind and the great trees wept sap like blood or wine, and I felt doubt. When my Ghost raised me from the sea there was a thorn-cut in my left hand and it has not healed since.[/i] Pretty much the standard creepy, but ambiguous ramblings you see on the other cards. Some other sharp-eyed users were able to decipher the first bit, revealing that the Traveler's terraforming of Mars (the "iron world") was somehow responsible for or lead to the creation of the Black Garden, and that the Vex (the gardeners in "vessels of bronze") moved in and set up shop. From there, however, Pujari's LSD fever dream gets even more convoluted, although it's made clear that his belief in the Traveler as a force of Good is brought into question. This, of course, is what spurred the theory that the Traveler is actually a force of the Darkness and/or was the actual cause of the Collapse. This awesome post goes into great detail on the subject if you're interested: [url][/url] However, there is one line in particular I want to focus on: [b][i]The light came from ahead and the shadows of the flowers were words. They said things but I will not write them here.[/i][/b] What the hell is that supposed to mean? If the whole reason for Pujari's acid trip was to gather information on the Black Garden, why wouldn't he write down EVERYTHING, despite what these flower shadows said? In any case, there was something oddly familiar about the wording and it bothered me for a while. So I googled. Almost immediately, I found this: [i]And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down. (Revelation 10:4)[/i] Click. When I was kid, I used open up to Revelation during church when the service dragged on or I had otherwise lost interest, mainly because I still looked like I was paying attention and the Book of Revelation is a special kind of crazy. Anyway, that's how I recognized it, but I began to notice other similarities. We all know Bungie has an obsession with the number 7, and Revelation is rife with sevens. Seven Thunders, seven trumpets, seven angels, etc. Considering the other references to Norse, Greek and Roman mythology in the other cards, this isn't that odd. But it doesn't end there. The writing styles between the authors are also incredibly similar, both using plenty of symbolism and an unhealthy amount metaphors. Then there are the authors themselves. Revelation's author was John of Patmos, of whom very little is actually known. "Pujari", however, is actually a Hindu term for a temple priest, further solidifying the religious and mythological undertones. I'm probably just grasping at straws here, mainly because that's all that's left of Destiny's bare-bones story.

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