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Guy grinds through Destiny at a Taco Bueno to buy exotic weapon

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Destiny, for all its faults, is a game that inspires a steadfast commitment in many of its players — perhaps none of whom are more dedicated than this man.

Xur, Destiny's mercurial merchant, was selling an exotic hand cannon called The Last Word over the past weekend. The Agent of the Nine only stays in the Tower for 48 hours every week — 5 a.m. ET on Friday to 5 a.m. ET on Sunday — and you must have Strange Coins if you want to buy his wares. Xur was charging 23 Strange Coins for The Last Word, but our hero, who goes by "LAN Fiesta" on Xbox Live, only had 16. So he went on a two-day quest to make up the difference.

LAN Fiesta used an off-day to grind his Titan up to level 25, earning six Strange Coins along the way. "This was most likely the longest part of my quest but not the hardest," said LAN Fiesta in an Imgur gallery of his story. With one more Strange Coin still needed, tragedy struck: A storm knocked out the power.

So LAN Fiesta did something only the most intrepid, devoted Guardians would attempt: He put a small HDTV and his Xbox One into his truck and drove to McDonald's, where he jumped on the restaurant's free Wi-Fi — after buying a cheeseburger and a large drink — to keep playing Destiny.

The Quest for the Last Word

If you've already done the weekly heroic strike, your best bet if you want to earn Strange Coins is to play the Vanguard ROC strike playlist and hope for Destiny's random number generator to reward you. LAN Fiesta started at 10 p.m., but McDonald's was closing at 11, forcing him to leave before he got his Strange Coin.

So LAN Fiesta and his friend headed to their local Taco Bueno next, where the employees contributed a free plate of nachos to his quest.

"After about 7 [strikes] and at about [1 a.m.] the [restaurant] was locked up and it was just me and the employees chilling out and we finally [achieved] our goal," said LAN Fiesta. "After I told them thanks they responded with 'It's Destiny, we understand' which made me believe that these two ladies may have known my quest for The Last Word was worth it the whole time!"

We salute you, Guardian.

For more on Destiny, check out our weekly videos about Xur's offerings.

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