Analysis of “Fragment” and Shadowkeep theory (Part 2)
Part 1 link: https://www.bungie.net/de/Forum/Post/252803194/0/0
[b][u]What we know about Shadowkeep:[/u][/b]
Despite all the obvious facts like Eris returning and the red fortress and all that stuff, what do we know about Shadowkeep that gives us clues towards its story?
Here’s a small list:
- “The Darkness is closer than you think”
- the moon has major geographical changes
-it’s not only about the Hive
- it will push elements of psychological horror
- it’s about the worst fears of Guardians
- old enemies are coming back as “Nightmares”
- ”Nightmares are manifestations of our guardians past”
- Eris unleashed the Nightmares, seemingly on accident
- the Fallen have a new settlement on the moon
- a secret golden age expedition to the moon will also play into the story
- Black Garden is the new Raid
- Vex invasions will be happening throughout the system
For the intents and purposes of this post, I will leave out all the stuff about Fallen and Vex, because that’s a discussion for another time. But do know that it’s probably important.
First up: I don’t think that the Nightmares are actually [i]resurrected[/i] enemies. Think about it. They are called [b]Nightmares[/b] and are described as “manifestations”. If you look closely at them, you’ll see that all of them seem a little bit translucent. Moreover, the gameplay of the fight against Nightmare Crota labels him as “Crota Phantasma”. They probably are something along the lines of an apparition or phantom.
Now comes the theory part. I’m not extremely sure about this, but it’s definitely worth a thought.
I think that the fragments are linked to the Nightmares, if not causing them in the first place.
Remember what we learned about the fragments? That they cause hallucinations and visions in [b]Guardians[/b]? The developers literally said that Shadowkeep would be about the worst fears of [b]Guardians[/b] and psychological horror. What a coincidence that all the Nightmares are enemies [i]our[/i] Guardian has killed before.
I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.
Our Guardians worst fear is probably failure. And failing to kill the most dangerous foes to humanity (or some of them) over and over, as it is described in the ViDoc, would be devastating for our Guardian.
I’m not yet ready to go further with this theory, because I can’t fit Eris or Savathûn in this yet, so that’s all for now.
All I’m going to say now is that the Nightmares [b]may[/b] be the product of the Hive experimenting with the fragments.
No matter if the fragments do or don’t cause the Nightmares, they have to come from somewhere.
We know they come from at least one crashed ship of unknown origin.
I personally think a link could be made to the secret golden age expedition, which seems to be related to the first Chinese colonists of the moon. Especially since the fragments are described to be similar to a solar panel in appearance. Even though they do give off some [i]heavy[/i] Darkness vibes, they are described to sound not so alien.
So either they are somehow man-made and from the golden age [b]or[/b] they do have a dark origin and somehow came into possession of humanity before the collapse, which also seems weird.
I do admit that the link starts to get hazy at this point, but it’s still worth a thought, especially since golden age tech is still very mysterious and sometimes seems close to magic in how ridiculous it can be.
I still want to stress that it’s extremely likely that we will get some [b]major[/b] Darkness teasers, or probably even Darkness involvement in Shadowkeep. That’s a given.
So I’m basically still leaning towards a dark origin of the fragments, even though the coincidence of a crashed unknown ship and a failed expedition is...tempting.
That’s it for now. There will probably be a follow-up/correction to this post once we have more information. Feel free to add your own thoughts.
[spoiler]I’m posting this while most of you are probably asleep, so I’m going bump this later.[/spoiler]
<I don't think we'll get DIRECT Darkness involvement, but it's entirely possible that the armada's technology will be introduced. Clearly Bungie's trying to keep identity and motives a secret, but technology and (human-crossed) history is fair game. We'll be getting a -blam!--ton of hints to be sure.
As for the Hive and Vex, I'm thinking their war will reignite. Whatever the Hive are doing brought back Zydron, and there is now a Vex Gate on the Moon, presumably our path into the Black Garden, which has been flung into space. The Black Garden wasn't made by the Vex, and it's possible that its original creator has moved it as bait. The Vex get stronger by being in the Garden, so it'd make sense if they made a resurgence. The Vex will spread to all they can and push back the Hive, only to be met by the Taken. If we cripple the Taken and kill Savathun, the Vex will win the war. They will be unstoppable (except to us) until the Darkness arrives and pushes them back harder than the Taken ever could.>