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 won’t assist however to mirror on one thing really lovely about this character. Back in March throughout Destiny 2’s Season of the Chosen, I wrote a lengthy feature about how I hated Bungie for making me love this character as a lot as I did. I’m unhappy to report that my love has solely grown stronger and is bordering on character examine obsession. Them’s the breaks, however I’m glad 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 probably the most humbly sturdy characters within the present Destiny 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 is 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 inexpensive sleeping bag as a mattress and small mementos to name his personal. It’s right here that The Crow states that he wanted this place away from Spider and that is it is not quite a bit, however it’s his. This can also be 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’s actually heart-shattering, and I wasn’t anticipating to really feel so deeply for him once I hated Uldren with all the things I had.
It’s doable that I could also be too delicate, however I bear in mind these moments in highschool or social occasions the place some folks already determined that they hated me with out understanding me. Whether it was due to rumour or simply clique goodness is a bit of irrelevant, I simply bear in mind feeling that desolation and deep-rooted unhappiness 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 really 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. But his voice actor did an outstanding job at portraying quiet acceptance over his new actuality, acceptance over previous deeds that he cannot even bear in mind, and acceptance relating to the longer term forward.
In Season of the Splicer, he has far fewer voice strains than in Chosen, however I might argue a good larger impression. It is with this season that I’m beginning to understand the quiet energy that Crow has, a energy that’s serving to me to like this character and love components inside myself. I need to make issues higher. In gaming, the world, however I’m not loud like many are, and loud – typically – is sweet. I’m quiet once I have to be, a brute different occasions when vital, however I’m at all times watching, at all times weighing how I could make even the smallest impression to make issues higher. Whether that is in friendships, within the business I work in, the world as we all know it? Even so simple as simply making somebody smile that I can see is struggling. Lots of that stems from simply my very own struggles. I disassociate greater than not as a result of on daily basis I battle with simply … being right here. Being alive, being functioning. Moving, strolling, speaking. Lots of occasions, that dissociation can come off as chilly, or callous. Or, it could actually trigger me to throw myself into initiatives to maintain my thoughts targeted on simply the subsequent breath, which – after all – backfires spectacularly by pushing these round me away. But, the present goes on. You nonetheless should rise 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 point.
With Crow, he would not bear in mind the actions of Uldren, however he accepts the results of the actions executed by him. He is aware of the place that society round him has put him in and he respects that place. He does. But he additionally is aware of when he has one thing of worth to contribute. During an early weekly story quest, Crow could be heard on a transmission speaking to Saint-14 concerning the raid on the Eliksni camp. He expresses, quietly, his want to assist and even peppers within the language of the Fallen as a result of “I thought you should know.” His voice was muted, however underlying that quiet nature is a fierceness, a want to do good for no different motive than the truth that it is the precise factor to do. He would not care concerning the glory or concerning the world seeing his deeds, he desires to do good as a result of that is our humanity: our empathy, our compassion, our innate childlike want to be taught and develop.
It was in that second that it actually hit me how highly effective Crow is. He’s type, however not weak. He’s quiet, however not silent. That humble energy is inspiring and one thing I intention to attempt for on daily basis. And critical 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 crew and the character’s voice actor – Brandon O’Neil – that they’ve executed it so properly.
Uldren’s arc was attention-grabbing in and of itself along with his descent into world-altering rage and unhappiness 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. While I knew that I used to be going to be concerned with how Bungie was going to pivot this character within the eyes of so many who liked Cayde, each in-game and out, I did not count on the creeping like to develop relating to who he could possibly be. I’ve at hand it to Bungie; killing Cayde was a dangerous transfer and one which many, on the time, heralded because the “final nail in the coffin” for the sequel. Seeing this suggestions and doing it anyway, Bungie made a raffle that has paid off tenfold. Where we go subsequent from right here is anybody’s guess. With Crow listening to the music, many count on him to develop into the Dark Horse, a herald of doom and gloom, however I believe this quiet energy being shared with the neighborhood may imply the alternative. He’s stronger than we’re giving him credit score for; than the folks within the Tower are giving him credit score for. He could possibly be the sunshine we’d like, each within the story, and re-learning what it means to be human in a digital age the place loudness and getting a sizzling take out first turns into the precedence.
Or perhaps I’m simply off my rocker, that is at all times doable too. I do not know, what do you suppose? Am I oversimplifying his character? Reading an excessive amount of into it? Sound off together with your ideas within the remark part under.