From Uldren to the Crow, this is not the primary time we have mirrored on the reincarnation of Cayde-6’s killer, and it will not be the final, however as the present season’s story careens in the direction of its shut, we will not assist however to replicate on one thing actually lovely about this character. Again in March throughout Future 2’s Season of the Chosen, I wrote a prolonged function about how I hated Bungie for making me love this character as a lot as I did. I am unhappy to report that my love has solely grown stronger and is bordering on character research obsession. Them’s the breaks, however I’m comfortable to see that the trajectory I spoke of is related to The Crow’s present standing. This week’s mission for Season of the Splicer has solely solidified him as one of the crucial humbly sturdy characters within the present Future 2 universe.
The Crow was a middle level in Season of the Chosen – the season that proceeded what is going on on now with Splicer. There may be one second throughout a quest within the earlier season the place you occur upon alternate sleeping quarters for The Crow and it turns into a quiet dialog between him and the participant. The room is sparse with an affordable sleeping bag as a mattress and small mementos to name his personal. It is right here that The Crow states that he wanted this place away from Spider and that is it is not lots, however it’s his. That is additionally one other alternative the place he acknowledges that he should stay hidden from the general public view as a result of anybody he meets despises him for the actions of Uldren. It is actually heart-shattering, and I wasn’t anticipating to really feel so deeply for him once I hated Uldren with the whole lot I had.
It is doable that I could also be too delicate, however I keep in mind these moments in highschool or social occasions the place some folks already determined that they hated me with out figuring out me. Whether or not it was due to rumour or simply clique goodness is just a little irrelevant, I simply keep in mind feeling that desolation and deep-rooted disappointment over having my total character, as an individual, wiped away due to misconceptions. Projecting my very own points onto online game characters is nothing new for me; I like getting so immersed in a narrative the place that turns into my actuality for a couple of hours, so seeing this projection with The Crow wasn’t stunning to me. However his voice actor did an exceptional job at portraying quiet acceptance over his new actuality, acceptance over previous deeds that he cannot even keep in mind, and acceptance concerning the longer term forward.
In Season of the Splicer, he has far fewer voice traces than in Chosen, however I’d argue a fair larger affect. It’s with this season that I am beginning to notice the quiet energy that Crow has, a energy that’s serving to me to like this character and love elements inside myself. I wish to make issues higher. In gaming, the world, however I am not loud like many are, and loud – generally – is sweet. I am quiet once I should be, a brute different occasions when needed, however I am at all times watching, at all times weighing how I could make even the smallest affect to make issues higher. Whether or not that is in friendships, within the trade I work in, the world as we all know it? Even so simple as simply making somebody smile that I can see is struggling. Quite a lot of that stems from simply my very own struggles. I disassociate greater than not as a result of day by day I battle with simply … being right here. Being alive, being functioning. Transferring, strolling, speaking. Quite a lot of occasions, that dissociation can come off as chilly, or callous. Or, it may trigger me to throw myself into initiatives to maintain my thoughts targeted on simply the following breath, which – in fact – backfires spectacularly by pushing these round me away. However, the present goes on. You continue to must stand up, pay the payments, do what’s anticipated. And there is a energy in that, I really feel, regardless of the overt struggles and standardized weak spot.
With Crow, he does not keep in mind the actions of Uldren, however he accepts the implications of the actions achieved by him. He is aware of the place that society round him has put him in and he respects that place. He does. However he additionally is aware of when he has one thing of worth to contribute. Throughout an early weekly story quest, Crow may be heard on a transmission speaking to Saint-14 in regards to the raid on the Eliksni camp. He expresses, quietly, his need to assist and even peppers within the language of the Fallen as a result of “I believed you must know.” His voice was muted, however underlying that quiet nature is a fierceness, a need to do good for no different cause than the truth that it is the precise factor to do. He does not care in regards to the glory or in regards to the world seeing his deeds, he needs to do good as a result of that is our humanity: our empathy, our compassion, our innate childlike need to be taught and develop.
It was in that second that it actually hit me how highly effective Crow is. He is type, however not weak. He is quiet, however not silent. That humble energy is inspiring and one thing I purpose to attempt for day by day. And severe kudos to Bungie, as a result of strolling that knife’s fringe of humble and robust is a tough one to stroll and it is a testomony to each the writing staff and the character’s voice actor – Brandon O’Neil – that they’ve achieved it so effectively.
Uldren’s arc was attention-grabbing in and of itself along with his descent into world-altering rage and disappointment however his ascension into an individual freed from expectations, freed from familial bonds, freed from a life drenched in lies and subterfuge is equally interesting. Whereas I knew that I used to be going to be fascinated with how Bungie was going to pivot this character within the eyes of so many who beloved Cayde, each in-game and out, I did not count on the creeping like to develop concerning who he might be. I’ve handy it to Bungie; killing Cayde was a dangerous transfer and one which many, on the time, heralded because the “remaining nail within the coffin” for the sequel. Seeing this suggestions and doing it anyway, Bungie made a chance that has paid off tenfold. The place we go subsequent from right here is anybody’s guess. With Crow listening to the track, many count on him to turn out to be the Darkish Horse, a herald of doom and gloom, however I feel this quiet energy being shared with the group may imply the alternative. He is stronger than we’re giving him credit score for; than the folks within the Tower are giving him credit score for. He might be the sunshine we want, each within the story, and re-learning what it means to be human in a digital age the place loudness and getting a scorching take out turns into the precedence.
Or perhaps I am simply off my rocker, that is at all times doable too. I do not know, what do you suppose? Am I oversimplifying his character? Studying an excessive amount of into it? Hold forth along with your ideas within the remark part under.