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Name: Operation: Midas (Cutscene: “The Ritual”)
Video URL: [Operation: Midas | The Ritual | Season of the Haunted - YouTube]
++The H. E. L. M., The Moon’s Orbit
**Zavala, Eris Morn, and Empress Caiatl stand at the viewport of the H. E. L. M. and gaze at the Leviathan.
Eris Morn: The Lunar Pyramid stirs to the Leviathan’s call. It manifests our deepest regrets. They wear familiar faces and peak with familiar voices.
Empress Caiatl: Remember your last advisor, Zavala.
**Empress Caiatl indicates Eris Morn with a jerk of her head.
Empress Caiatl: You trust this one’s judgement?
Eris Morn: I can bind these Nightmares to us, grant us safe passage through the ship.
Empress Caiatl: Hive Magic. You would doom us all.
Eris Morn (to Zavala): I know what I’m asking you to confront.
Zavala: Do you?
Eris Morn: The rules have bent around us. We must also bend.
Empress Caiatl: Madness. Your witchcraft plays right into my father’s hands. Find someone else for your ritual.
Eris Morn: Your regrets will follow you, Empress. Let me offer you protection.
**Empress Caiatl grunts and slams her fist against her chestplate.
Empress Caiatl: My armor is protection enough. I will lead the charge. You need only follow.
**Zavala nods to Eris Morn in approval and vice versa. The screen fades to black.
**Eris Morn, Zavala, Crow, and the Guardian participate in a ritual in front of the Crown of Sorrow.
Eris Morn: No matter what happens, do not break the circle. This will anchor our offerings. Now, tithe your weights to the Crown.
**Eris Morn offers her Ahamkara bone. Zavala offers Safiyah’s crochet hooks.
Zavala: My heart… from a time long past.
**Crow offers a cloth scrap from Uldren Sov’s burial.
Crow: My memory, from one life to the next.
Eris Morn: Song of Sathona, your words are mine to command. Vorlog. Aiat.
**Eris Morn is lifted into the air by the Nightmare Harvester.
Eris Morn: Chords plucked in offered throats, find chorus. Echoes once dissonant, exhumed, find harmony in binding flesh.
Eris Morn: It burdens. It burdens.
Zavala: [groans under strain]
**The Nightmare of Safiyah appears behind Zavala.
**The Nightmare of Uldren Sov appears behind Crow.
Eris Morn: It burdens… until the choir relents, accepting. Aiat.
**The Nightmare Harvester pulses with energy, and Eris Morn returns to the ground.
Eris Morn: We are bound.
**At the viewport of the H. E. L. M., the Nightmare of Ghaul appears behind Empress Caiatl.