Okay, so my dad recently shared his readings of the Marasenna with me, and I have to say - I’m intrigued. I’m going to stay spoiler-free here. It’s a good read, and I recommend hunting these lore books for yourself in-game.
But after my dad shared it with me, I couldn’t help but wonder - what the hell is going on with the Dreaming City? Last time we saw Mara, she was quoting the Exo Stranger, and then just up an vanishes. Is she working alongside her now? What is going on?
So, I do what I always do - ask questions, hypothesize, theorize, philosiphy, wish I was 21 and stupid so I could drink these questions away (thankfully, I’m neither of those!) and do a bunch of research from as many sources as I can gather whilst keeping it simple.
But this? This is wierd for me. I have a lot of questions, and I barely know where to start.
So let’s start where I think we should - the Curse on the Dreaming City.
For those who don’t know - the Curse on the Dreaming City is like a narratively-better version of Groundhog’s Day - every three weeks, all events in the Dreaming City reset and happen again - the Awoken Courier can’t avoid getting shot, our Guardian can’t resist helping out, the Oracle Engine keeps on getting attacked, and our Guardian is constantly on the hook to help reclaim it, and every three weeks, we keep on visiting Mara in her court (until she vanished) and every three weeks, the Shattered Throne Dungeon returns (Bungie please make more Dungeons. Those are cool.) and we constantly kill Dul Incaru, the Eternal Return.
Which, now that I’m writing about it - brings up an idea for hypothesis - Dul Incaru keeps on coming back every three weeks, which is the exact same amount of time that the Curse resets to week 1, and her name is “The Eternal Return,” which tells me she probably has something to do with this whole curse thing. I don’t know. The weird thing is that we always kill her in the Ascendant Plane.
Again, for those who don’t know, if you kill a Hive in the Ascendant Plane/their throne world (I think they’re one in the same?) they die forever. It’s how we killed Crota, its how we killed Oryx. Find the Throne World, shoot the big guy until he dies, and leave before it collapses.
So why is Dul Incaru always coming back even when we’re killing her in the Ascendant Plane? Is it not her Throne World? The looks of the Ascendant Plane are similar to those of the Throne World that The Mindbender secured after killing Cayde-6, so does that mean the Ascendant Plane is a Throne World?
Elaborating off that - I came up with another idea (pardon these theory trails. I have a habit of doing them, but they sometimes seem like they lead somewhere.) What if we are killing Dul Incaru in a Throne World, but its not her Throne World? What if that Throne World belongs to another Hive deity? Maybe Savathun or another sister of Oryx? Maybe we didn’t shoot her with enough bullets to really kill her?
I don’t know. You guys discuss, and I’ll see what I can find across my Lore sources.