So i was doing some research on the Cabal when i finally came to the item we collect from them, Fallen have Ether Sups, Hive those leech things, both of which sorta make sense based on what we know of them, but Tears of Olympus (beside the connection to the greco-roman naming associated with the Cabal and Vex) always seemed so odd to me.
Well i just found something that actually directs us to the root of the Tears, a Bounty.
A lost machine fills Mars’ air with Olympus Tears. They attach to Vex and Cabal tech, particularly if it’s powerful. Kill enemies and harvest their Tears.
So it’s not something that the Cabal actually use themselves, like the other item we collect from them, Slug somethings… but actually something native to Mars.
I got pretty easily distracted from my primary research, but what i found doesn’t fit with what i was doing and i thought it too good to just leave alone and not share with anyone.
To give a short explanation Niobe is a character in Greek myth who had 14 children, 7 daughters and 7 sons, and on a day of worship for Leto (mother of Apollo and Artemis) she became very arrogant, “hubris” is used to describe her. Claiming that she was better than Leto because she had 14 children while she only had 2.
Leto’s children heard these boasts and punished Niobe for it by killing all of her children,and then based on who interpreted the story the father died seeking revenge, or killed himself in grief. So in one swing Niobe lost her entire family, everyone she loved dead and all her sons were dead at her feet. Apollo killed them all right in front of her.
She pleaded with the gods to take pity on her and cease the pain she felt. described as “sorrows sent from the gods” Zues felt sorry for her and turned her into stone, so that her feelings would be that of stone, and yet she still cried.
So this brings me to my main point, the Tears of Olympus that attach themselves onto Cabal and Vex were from something built, and who had more hubris, who was more arrogant, who built more machines in the Golden Age than the Clovis Bray Facilities on Mars?