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Destiny 2: Forsaken’s title could hint at an unlikely alliance

What’s in a name?

Destiny: Rise of Iron - Fallen Devil Splicer
A Fallen enemy in Destiny: Rise of Iron.
Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

Bungie revealed the name of Destiny 2’s fall 2018 expansion in a short teaser today. Destiny 2: Forsaken will take us back to the Reef, home of the Awoken and some tentatively friendly Fallen. The last time we were in the Reef — in Destiny’s House of Wolves expansion — players allied themselves with a Fallen leader from the House of Judgement named Variks, The Loyal. But in Destiny 2, it’s possible that the “Forsaken” name could be pointing toward a Fallen ally whom players crossed paths with just a few months ago.

After beating the Red War campaign in Destiny 2, players are able to return to familiar planets to claim missions leading to special weapons. The mission series on Titan is called “Enemy of My Enemy,” and eventually leads players to the Rat King’s Crew quest line. But before any of that, players come across a Fallen Captain and a Hive Knight in the reactor room on Titan.

The Fallen Captain’s name is fairly interesting, considering the fall expansion’s title: Mithrax, The Forsaken. When you come across Mithrax and his Hive foe, you can choose whom to attack. You can kill Mithrax if you attack him first, leaving you to then kill the Hive Knight. However, if you kill the Hive Knight first and hold your fire on Mithrax, he’ll turn to you, speak something in Fallen and teleport away rather than attack. It’s possible that Bungie could be using this interaction with Mithrax to tease the Forsaken expansion.

Mithrax is a member of the House of Dusk, a relatively new Fallen faction. According to the Destiny Wiki, the House of Dusk is likely a re-grouping of several Fallen houses. After players dealt serious blows to the Fallen infrastructure in the original Destiny, a few houses joined to create the House of Dusk, which is founded entirely on survival, rather than the worship of Servitors and other machines.

While the House of Dusk is currently no friend to the Vanguard, desperate times often call for desperate measures. The Fallen can’t take many more losses after the SIVA Crisis and the Taken War, and the Vanguard is still in shambles after the Red War.

Perhaps Mithrax will help broker a peace between the Guardians and his house, due to the mutual respect gained during the “Enemy of My Enemy” missions. If the rumors of a fifth enemy faction ring true, players will need all the help they can get.

However, everything about Forsaken, aside from its location, is speculation at this point. We’ll learn more about the expansion when Bungie reveals it live at 9 a.m. PT on June 5.