Our Ghost finds us at the beginning of Destiny one in the outskirts of the Cosmodrome. Given that he found our body there, he knew where it was- that it was on a “battlefield,” which is a bit incongruous, since we died on an old highway just outside the Wall. Given the fact that the Fallen had reclaimed the territory by the time we were resurrected, though, it’s not the most inaccurate description.
For the same reason Exos don’t like being thought of as simply machines, most likely:
If I am a machine then so are you. If you are not a machine then neither am I. Exo minds are human. It is incontrovertible.
As both Ghost and the Exo in GF: Exo say, intelligence isn’t synonymous with having a flesh-and-blood brain. Referring to all non-human, quasi-robotic intelligences as “artificial” is, as the Exo says, fairly anthropocentric. Additionally, Ghost commenting on the term yet having no stake in it would be fairly odd- not exactly conclusive, but strange nonetheless.
It would introduce new players gradually into the game without throwing them in headfirst- North gives the backstory and then introduces himself as our Ghost, as opposed to simply having his robot affectation from the beginning. It’s also a payoff for new players, reintroducing North’s Ghost in a more “dramatic” way. Again, that’s not for sure their intention, but given that it’s the opening cutscene, that’s my best guess.
As for “all this lore [being] inspired by Dark Souls,” I couldn’t find anything that said the totality of Destiny’s lore is inspired by the Souls series, just a few scattered items, as well as the similarities between their methods of storytelling. Given that there aren’t any similarly placed possible breadcrumbs in any of D2’s other cinematics, this being a (very) subtle hint towards our Ghost’s ‘true origins’ seems unlikely.
It’s possible, yes, but given how little information there is on Ghosts’ mechanics, it’s just about impossible to go any farther than a ‘maybe.’ The Dead Ghosts card implies that Ghosts are simply machines completely powered by Light:
Battered and drained of their Light, these Ghosts are nevertheless valuable for the information they preserve.
Given that the emphasis is on “drained Light,” with the shell remaining.
A) We don’t know the purpose of the reboots, which correspond to how many numbers an Exo has after their name.
B) We don’t know how Exos were created, exactly- GF: Exo & Cayde’s Treasure Island Book imply the transfer of human consciousness into a robotic frame, but we don’t know how much of a personality remains after the transfer / the effects reboots have on the core personality / etc.
C) The Iron Lords were active before the founding of the City, also known as the Dark Age. During this time, given that the Tower was nonexistent, a lot of information that would become available later wasn’t there. For example, the Iron Lords didn’t know the dangers Rasputin presented, which led to their deaths:
Felwinter tried to communicate with the Warmind. Called it Rasputin. ~consume enhance replicate~ Said he could make it understand. Tell it we meant no harm.
Rasputin didn’t answer with words.
That is to say, information from this time period can be pretty controvertible. There’s also the fact that Timur may have been “mad.”
D) Given the fact that Cayde says this in his Treasure Island Book:
See, the reboots, they don’t wipe it all away. Not everything. And the new life-plus the Light-it does something real funny to what’s left. Amplifies it, scrambles it, reshuffles the fragments like a dealer riffling a deck of cards, putting the hands we’ve already won and lost back into play.
It’s fairly possible that Felwinter didn’t remember his name upon being resurrected because of the effect Light has on Exo’s minds. We don’t know how many times Felwinter has been rebooted, because Timur doesn’t specify & his name, like Ashraven’s, doesn’t have a number attached.
There’s also the fact that Tinasha-3 seems to have remembered her name, and chosen a new one:
A Minerva-class refit commemorating the legendary Warlock Tinasha-3, known to her peers in the Iron Banner as Ashraven.
Again, it’s not impossible, but there would have to be a decent amount of evidence in the future for this to take precedence over the idea that Ghosts are artificial intelligences.