Earlier than anybody writes asking why I’m protecting this, as somebody who will write a complete article a few dot moving two inches across a map as a “story improvement,” I really feel it’s essential to chime in a few present debate inside the Future 2 neighborhood, a debate that Bungie itself has now put to relaxation.
This season, I began being clued in to an concept that extra astutely observant members of the neighborhood had been conscious of for some time now, that legendary Guardians Osiris, the time-traveling Warlock and Saint-14, the Vex-smashing Titan, have been extra than simply greatest buds. They have been in truth, romantically concerned and certain in love.
The clues began being dropped much less subtly this season when Osiris was discovering notes Saint had hidden in his ship, and Saint began referring to him as “my fiery phoenix.” Then I used to be pointed to dialogue within the season the place the Drifter made remarks in regards to the pair of them being collectively, after which it hit me that yeah, possibly in the event you break time to save lots of your good friend from loss of life, risking the destiny of your entire world, possibly you are greater than buddies.
However this has spawned a “are they bros or boyfriends” debate in the neighborhood ever since this concept has come into the sunshine. Somewhat than depart it open-ended, a Bungie narrative designer has come out to say explicitly that sure, Saint and Osiris are homosexual and in a relationship. Theirs is a love story.
The designer is Robert Brooke, who posted an ideal Twitter thread about this which I can’t embed all of right here, however I counsel you go learn it. Right here’s a part of it:
“I’ve been writing Saint and Osiris as homosexual since I began working at Bungie, as a result of that is who they have been earlier than. They’re non-public and nuanced characters. There was by no means an area by which to unequivocally state their identities. However nuance is misplaced in an age of queerbaiting. Once I noticed how a lot the neighborhood was unclear on one thing as apparent as “is Zavala an Awoken” I noticed I ought to in all probability simply say one thing. As a result of it is not a secret, it is not some extent of hypothesis, and it is not some puzzle designed to be solved by the neighborhood. It is them. So sure, Saint and Osiris are homosexual. At all times have been.”
So in brief, Brooke as a fan, thought that Saint and Osiris have been homosexual earlier than he began working at Bungie. When he began working there, it was confirmed by the present writers that sure, they have been being written as homosexual, so when he began writing for them, he continued that present narrative. And these days, he felt the should be extra express about it as a result of this wasn’t meant to be a “secret” or “puzzle,” there simply wasn’t actually a superb time to discover the concept till now. The neighborhood has largely embraced the latest information:
This is a crucial second for the sport as a result of it’s the primary time two energetic NPCs have been confirmed to be in a relationship, and it occurs to be same-sex, which as Brooke says, Illustration issues. Future has had homosexual relationships up to now, although none as excessive profile as this. Ana Bray is in a relationship with a girl, however nobody we all know within the recreation. A typical fan studying of lore is that Mara Sov shouldn’t be actually into Shaxx, however as a substitute her real love is Sjur Eido. There are “confirmed straight” characters too, although not many (Cayde had a spouse). I believe Eris might have a crush on Zavala. Drifter is…I do not know. I’m nonetheless not 100% satisfied he’s even human.
Anyway, I believe it is a large second narratively for a recreation that has not likely handled love tales, and when it lastly has one, it’s between these two powerhouses, an previous Warlock and an undead robotic Titan. I adore it.