The threads of Future’s narrative are far-reaching, touching virtually each facet of the sport. Over the previous 12 months or so, Future gamers have skilled a story unfold round one of many sport’s most beloved characters: Osiris. From the dying of his loyal Ghost, Sagira, to his more and more suspect habits, questions have adopted the famed Warlock and former Vanguard commander for months.
Initially of Season of the Misplaced, the reality was revealed. In case you didn’t already know — SPOILER ALERT — Osiris wasn’t Osiris. In actual fact, Osiris hadn’t been himself for fairly some time. Savathûn, the Sister of Shapes, the Witch Queen herself, revealed to Guardians that she had traded locations with Osiris months prior, and had been sowing discontent within the Vanguard ever since, creating rampant hypothesis and spawning wild theories amongst Future lore hounds all through the neighborhood alongside the way in which.
And that’s precisely the way in which the Bungie Narrative group deliberate it.
Over the previous 12 months the Narrative group has dug deep, planting the seeds of Savathûn’s deception all through the sport in sudden methods. Right now we’re wanting again at a few of these pivotal moments and speaking with the group about what it was prefer to carry this story to life.
The First Glimpse
The Savathûn/Osiris narrative was the results of numerous discussions throughout the Future Narrative group and one thing that was deliberate lengthy earlier than it unfolded within the sport. The group had an overarching aim of elevating the narrative stakes within the sport with out resorting to killing characters. In addition they knew they needed to embed Savathûn into the Final Metropolis; as a born trickster, having her impersonate somebody and stroll amongst the folks felt proper consistent with her character. Moreover, the Final Metropolis was chosen as a result of Savathûn knew it was the final place her sister and rival, Xivu Arath, would search for her.
“From there it grew to become a dialog within the writers’ room about who one of the best candidate was for her to impersonate,” stated Bungie’s Senior Narrative Lead Julia Nardin. “We landed on Osiris due to his relationship with Ikora, his former apprentice, which gave Savathûn probably the most direct entry to the Vanguard.”
The primary second the place the Witch Queen took over for Osiris got here throughout Season of the Hunt. Early on, gamers discovered a collection of audio messages from Mara Sov and Osiris in Zavala’s workplace. The road the place Osiris declared that his Ghost, Sagira, had died in an assault – that was not Osiris in any respect, however fairly Savathûn taking the Warlock’s place for the very first time, beckoning gamers to the Moon. For further credit score, Savathûn orchestrated the participant’s first assembly with Crow, creating the scenario the place gamers witnessed him “rescue” Osiris from one in all Xivu Arath’s minions.
What adopted was a rigorously calculated marketing campaign of Savathûn manipulating folks and spreading mistrust and doubt throughout the Vanguard. Nardin stated one in all her favourite examples of this was how rapidly Savathûn-as-Osiris tanked the preliminary assembly between Caiatl and Zavala in the beginning of Season of the Chosen. As quickly as Caiatl proposed the alliance between the Cabal and the Vanguard, Savathûn stepped out of the shadows and commenced questioning Caiatl’s trustworthiness.
As Nardin defined, “Savathûn couldn’t afford an official alliance between humanity and Caiatl’s Cabal, so she sabotaged it. However she did so in a manner that prevented Caiatl from launching a full-scale assault on her hiding place, and when it got here time to de-escalate the battle she helped to create, she made certain that her answer stored all of the gamers on her chess board.”
After assuming the identification of Osiris and driving mistrust at each flip, it was inevitable that Savathûn’s ego would get one of the best of her and that her façade would ever-so-slightly slip. A very good instance of that was evident in the course of the showdown in opposition to the Excessive Celebrant in Season of the Hunt, the place Savathûn-as-Osiris, in a prideful outburst, briefly belied her actual angle in the direction of her sister Xivu Arath, claiming she “has no ambition.”
“This line got here from a dialogue within the Narrative Author’s Room the place somebody recommended, ‘What if Savathûn is admittedly aggravated that Xivu Arath has no creativeness and is principally simply copying her?’” stated Bungie Senior Narrative Designer Nikko Stevens. “It confirmed slightly flash of who was behind the Osiris masks and was yet another clue that there was extra occurring beneath the floor.”
It simply goes to point out that even when management of the universe is at stake, there’s nonetheless room for sibling squabbles.
A Step Too Far
By Season of the Splicer, Savathûn’s schemes moved into much more harmful and divisive territory. As Osiris, Savathûn leveraged folks’s fears and mistrust of the Eliksni refugees dwelling amongst them, and weaponized it in opposition to the Vanguard by way of Lakshmi. When Saladin got here knocking to make amends and assist strategize, Savathûn implied that the folks believed he was behind the sooner assassination try on Zavala’s life and turned him away. Each transfer she made continued to distance Zavala and Ikora from their current allies. Maybe worst of all, she used Osiris’s relationship with Saint-14 to attempt to get him to assist overthrow the Vanguard.
But all this subterfuge was starting to take a toll on the Witch Queen. “Though all this deception feeds her worm, this parasite that offers her energy, it nonetheless wasn’t sufficient,” Nardin stated. “Savathûn made so many errors throughout Season of the Splicer as a result of she was in a substantial amount of ache. She was determined, and when Savathûn will get determined she will get sloppy.”
For instance, at one level, flustered and weary from months of shapeshifting, Savathûn stammers by way of a contradiction throughout a dialog with Mithrax, claiming the Black Armory has issues beneath management. Sharp dialogue enhanced by an incredible efficiency from Osiris voice actor Oded Fehr actually brings Savathûn’s momentary battle to life.
“We labored intently with Oded on the Savathûn-Osiris storyline twist,” stated Stevens. “In actual fact, after we instructed him of the swap, he was delighted and instantly adjusted his efficiency for Season of the Misplaced to sound extra like ‘Savathûn-as-Osiris.’”
All through a number of Seasons, the group labored to carry the Savathûn-as-Osiris plot to life in several methods. Nonetheless the group knew that “the massive reveal” would want to make an impression. In addition they knew that many gamers would have seen data on The Witch Queen after the Future Showcase in August, so the choice was made to place Savathûn’s admission entrance and heart instantly in Season of the Misplaced.
“On the time we had been engaged on Season of the Misplaced, we didn’t but have a personality mannequin for Savathûn, so we needed to get inventive along with her onscreen transformation and the way she’d preserve a bodily presence on the planet main as much as Witch Queen,” Nardin stated. “A lot of sport growth is discovering options to those types of challenges, particularly when we’re strolling a number of inventive paths on the similar time.”
The Savathûn reveal was the payoff for all of the breadcrumbs and delicate nods that had been threaded all through the final three Seasons and a grand setup for the motion but to return. Guardians now know the reality and, whereas Savathûn’s deceptions have been revealed, the fallout is one thing that Guardians might be contending with in The Witch Queen growth, in Season of [REDACTED], and past.
to know what occurs subsequent? Don’t miss The Witch Queen when it’s launched on February 22, 2022!