The 'Destiny 2' Eramis Unfrozen Theory For Season 18

The ‘Destiny 2’ Eramis Unfrozen Theory For Season 18

Okay, as leaks start popping up left and right in the Destiny 2 community (how about it? Fortnite Collaboration?!), I’m going to try to theorize a little last minute about the mysterious season 18 that is not based on leaks.

If anything was specifically leaked about this, I haven’t seen it. Instead, I’m going to try to draw on actual past evidence to support the idea that runs in the opposite direction from the whole Rasputin/SIVA concept I discussed earlier.

All of this, of course, comes back to the expansion for Witch Queen, Beyond Light. In that expansion, we battled Eramis the Shipstealer, a fallen pirate who wanted revenge on the Traveler for leaving and ruining the Eliksni, and turned to the Darkness to form House Salvation, where she and her cohorts were gifted Stasis, like us.

That expansion ended with Eramis frozen in Stasis, and she’s been there ever since. But now the idea is that she’s about to thaw, and that’s going to be very bad news.

Way back in January 2021, Bungie confirmed that at least Eramis is still alive in that ice cream with this tweet, so we know that’s true. This is not a “Mr. Freeze shoot you with an ice gun and then shatter your corpse” situation. She can thaw, even though the game made it seem like she was dead.

Then this speculation about her return was launched by a second tweet, eight months later, yesterday:

This could also refer to Icebreaker, Destiny 1’s weapon, but Bungies swear they won’t bring it back because it ruins the ammo economy. I’m not sure I believe them. But if that’s true, then breaking the ice would be about the enemy being… frozen in ice. Or it’s just a harmless joke.

But of course there are more than two tweets. Probably the best evidence comes from the game itself, in the Vox Obscura mission with a prediction from Caiatl, given visions by a Psion:

‘I… I understand… A city under siege. The Shipstealer revived. The Leviathan reborn. Your Traveler tainted by Darkness… This is the future our enemies seek. We must remain united if we want to take a different path.”

This was in Season of the Risen, so as you can see, the prophecy of the reborn Leviathan already came true. So if that one is true, the others could be true too, including Eramis the Shipstealer being revived. And Lightfall certainly looks like it will likely involve a direct confrontation with the Traveler and a siege of the Last City.

In a broader sense, The Witness is probably looking for a new disciple, someone who does his best in the system like Rhulk and Calus. Given that our old enemy Calus is now housed in a sentient pyramid, it would make sense to recruit someone else who is already in our system, someone who is already loyal to the darkness. Eramis is an excellent choice as most of our other enemies are…extremely dead.

In a gameplay sense, returning to Europe as the main location for Season 18 feels good, considering we’ve done practically nothing there since Beyond Light. A battlefield, a clearing mission. Few. But it is a fantastic zone.

And if we do an Eramis season on Europe, the two enemies there would be Fallen, and we haven’t had a Fallen season since, well, Beyond Light, like in Season of the Splicer the Fallen were our allies, not enemies. And Splicer was also the last time we encountered the Vex in any meaningful capacity. It’s been a while, time to cycle back.

It’s not exactly concrete evidence, but this is a loose end that Bungie has clearly deliberately left open. Like the Rasputin theory, even if it doesn’t happen The next season, it seems likely to happen on a pointand I look forward to seeing what form that takes.

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