Hello Guardians and welcome to Legends & Lore. I am your host and fellow Guardian, Blade.
Today we will be exploring the legend known as Saint-14 and the famed shotgun, Perfect Paradox. And to understand this legend we must take a trip to the past.
Saint-14 was an Exo Titan and the first Titan Vanguard. There are many stories that surround Saint-14 and who he was as a Guardian and defender of the Last City. All of which continued up until his disappearance and his death at the hands of the Vex inside the Infinite Forest. Here is where our story begins.
After killing Solkis, Kell of Devils with a single headbutt to the skull, we see Saint-14 damaged and battle-worn. He calls for his Ghost to open a channel to the Speaker to let him know of the good news.
“Ghost?” The words barely audible. He heard her flash in but had a hard time pinning her down. She was buzzing about surveying the Fallen Kell.
“He’s dead alright. So that’s it, we are done now?”
He removed his helm, tossed it aside, and dropped to his knees. The Devils without a Kell. This war was over, at last. They could finally go home.
“We are. Get me the Speaker”
“Opening his channel. Standby”
“Is that you, my son?” The Speaker’s voice was filled more with anticipation of news than concern.
“It is father. The Devil Kell Solkis…is dead. This war is over”
“Such courage and power—the greatest ever to brace these worlds. You bring us all peace, we will light the final flare Devil Red. They will all know what you’ve done”
“Father, I don’t think I have the energy to return. I’ll rest here, and come back to be honored when I return
“of course, son, but—”
“There is something concerning you? More Fallen march to the city?
“No, not this time. I have word that Osiris was seen on Mercury. The Caloris Basin. He’s turned his mind back to the Vex”
“Mercury? Too many channels to know. You activate one, you start to feed its veins. He threatens our peace”
“Your duty, my son. You must never forget”
The Ghost killed the feed and waited for its Guardians words. “Ghost. Prepare my Vex arsenal and plot a course for Mercury. That old man is about to wake up hell.”
And so, Saint-14 travels to Mercury in order to search for Osiris. And as he lands, he is likely met with great resistance on the now machine world and has to fight his way in to the Infinite Forest. And that was the last we heard of Saint-14.
This is where our Guardian picks up and our story takes its dark turn. As we collect and complete the Prophecies we receive from Brother Vance, we obtain a mysterious one called: Lost Prophecy, Another Verse which sees us traveling into the Infinite Forest where our Ghost detects the Light of a Guardian trapped somewhere inside the Forest. And so, we go to rescue this unknown Guardian.
As we fight our way through the Forest, we come upon a Vex confluence that erupts into a pillar of Light and suddenly we are surrounded and fighting off wave after wave of Vex from all timelines that are trying to prevent us from proceeding forward to find this Guardian. And after more and more fighting and pushing forward we find a room.
The room in question has thousands upon thousands of broken and shattered Vex constructs lying in heaps all over the room and upon the path that we walk. And in the center of this room is a beam of light shining down from above upon a single body floating a few feet off the ground. Upon letting our Ghost scan this broken Exo body, we discover that it is Saint-14, Titan Vanguard and the source of the Light we were tracking. We decide to leave the body there because it seemed that the Vex laid him to rest there out of some kind of strange respect never seen by these machines before.
Upon completion of the quest and returning to the Infinite Forge we receive a weapon. But this weapon is not like the others we have received from the Forge before. This one is different. It is the shotgun, Perfect Paradox. And from its lore tab we learn something quite strange and intriguing. A message from Saint-14 and it reads:
“I never found Osiris, but I’ve killed enough Vex to end a war. And they, in turn, struck a fatal blow: they completed a Mind with the sole function to drain the Light from me. It worked very well. Don’t worry (not that you worry much). It took them centuries to build, keyed to the unique frequency of my Light. And I sit atop its shattered husk. I mourn that I will never reach the heights you have. To me, you represent everything a Guardian can become. Yours is a thriving City. So different from mine. My whole fourteenth life I fought to make my city yours. I never finished. All I have left is this weapon. The Cryptarchs say you crafted it yourself, built it out of scraps and Light and sheer will, inside the Infinite Forge. I’ll make sure it finds its way back to you. When you gave it to me, I swore I would make it my duty to follow your example.
I’m still trying”
This message begs the question: is this message to OUR Guardian? And if so, how did Saint-14 know about us? A Guardian that came long after his time. Is it possible that Saint-14 traveled through time? Or is it more likely that our Guardian did at some point? We may have a bit more evidence if we look at another piece, Saint-14’s Gray Pigeon:
Ship’s final log:
“Osiris, I hope whatever you find in this place is worth it. My recommendation to install you as Vanguard Commander was not a gesture to stroke your ego. It was an order to stay and help the City achieve all that it could. An order you refused to follow. News of my demise will no doubt reach you late. I can already see your response—the guilt that will follow, however fleeting. I thought you had changed after Six Fronts; that seeing your people on the brink of destruction and spared from death would be reward enough to stay. To fight. I’ll fight in your stead one last time.
Father, my duty is at its end. I’ve seen what the City can become. I know you can lead its people to it.
To my inspiration, your final gift to me I now send back to you. It will be good to see you again.”
From this it seems that at some point during our journey we came in to contact with a living Saint-14 from the past and we gave him the Perfect Paradox to use. And when he returned to his own time, he perished within the Infinite Forest trying to find Osiris and bring peace to his time’s City.
There are still many mysteries to unravel about Saint-14, first Titan Vanguard and slayer of the Kell of Devils. But for now, with this information, we can lay our dear Guardian to rest. He fulfilled his promise to us and returned the Perfect Paradox to us, just as he said he would.
But I’d like to know your thoughts Guardians. Was it Saint-14 that traveled through time? Or was it our Guardian? What other secrets are waiting to be found inside the Infinite Forest? Only time will tell my friend.
In the mean time, get out there Guardian, and help prevent our Last Safe City from falling to our enemies. This has been Legends & Lore.
See you out there Guardian….