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Destiny 2 Reveal Stream: Notes

Here are my notes from the reveal stream, with some concluding thoughts at the end. All of this information is available from the Bungie reveal stream, and is not speculation unless marked as such:


Story:

In the beginning of Destiny 2, the Last City has fallen. Dominus Ghaul, leader of the Cabal Red Legion, has laid waste to the Tower and to the City itself, and his legions have torn our home apart. 

The reveal trailer shows us fighting through the tower in the first campaign mission, called “Homecoming,” in which we battle alongside the Vanguard until Amanda Holliday deposits us atop some kind of Cabal ship, where we attempt to face down the bad guy.

Unfortunately, we fail, and Dominus Ghaul succeeds in deploying some sort of device that places the Traveler in a cage, instantly draining the Guardians of Light, and causing us to lose our powers. We cannot go back to the Tower.

In response, the Vanguard scatters. Ikora has fled to Io out of anger, Zavala is on Titan healing and having an existential crisis - “Are we Guardians even without the Light?”, and Cayde-6, in attempting to play the hero, has gotten himself into trouble on Nessus. Apparently, the Speaker has disappeared. More on these new worlds below.

In the campaign, we will have to track down and collect the Vanguard, as well as fight the new Red Legion enemy, led by Dominus Ghaul. Dominus Ghaul believes that he, based on his past experiences (which were not elaborated upon), is most worthy of the Traveler’s blessing, and does not understand why Humanity was chosen. He has come to Earth to prove his worthiness, and sees humanity as being in his way. He is not a “psychopath” bent on genocide. Luke Smith described him as “Having his stuff together,” and “Like Alan Rickman in Die Hard.”

Destiny 2 is a game about loss, and transitions into an experience about recovery and reclaiming what is ours.


Classes:

Shown classes remain the same: Hunter, Warlock, and Titan. Nova Bombs, Defender Bubbles, and Golden Guns were shown but not remarked upon. However, new Super abilities were showcased:

  • Titan Sentinel: A Titan with a voidlight shield that can be used to block damage, thrown at enemies, or used in melee combat. There also appeared to be some new kind of Striker Titan Dash and a different sort of ‘Ice Wall,’ neither of which were discussed.
  • Hunter Arcstrider: A Hunter with a staff of arclight that focuses on acrobatic melee combat. 
  • Warlock Dawnblade: A Warlock with a sword made of solar light that can be used in melee combat or to fling ranged attacks. Warlocks also appeared to be able to place some sort of buff zone beneath them, one of which “empowered” the player.

These look pretty awesome.


Weapons:

Weapon loadouts have been revamped to give players more flexibility. Weapons are now divided into three categories:

  • Kinetic
  • Energy
  • Power

New weapons:

A variety of new weapons were shown. In addition to hand cannons, sniper rifles, shotguns, pulse rifles, and shotguns, we saw:

  • A type of SMG
  • Grenade launchers
  • Minigun-like machine guns
  • A type of fast-firing rocket launcher

I assume we will learn more about this in the coming days. It appears that weapons such as hand cannons occupy the kinetic slot, but I would like to see more information about how these slots will work.


Worlds:

Destiny 2 features four playable worlds: 

  • Earth: The European Dead Zone is now the location of Destiny’s largest playable area, and this is the zone where Humanity flees and attempts to rebuild after the Cabal attack. This camp was founded by Hawthorne, who features in the D2 Preorder, and who once left the City to live in the Wilds.
  • Titan: Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is covered with a Methane ocean with 40 ft waves, and features a human utopia, a relic of the Golden Age, sinking into ocean. There is no landmass on Titan.
  • Io: A sulfuric moon of Jupiter, Io is the last place the Traveler touched before it appeared on Earth. Io is a sacred place to the Guardians, and to Warlocks in particular. In the trailer, there appear to be the remnants of some kind of civilization.
  • Nessus: A centaur, or type of icy minor planet. The Vex have transformed Nessus into a machine world, and it now features native vegetation, large canyons, and plateaus based on tepui, a type of South American highland plateau.

Quests

Destiny 2 has revamped the map system. Now, players will be able to use an area map to navigate and discover locations and events. These include:

PatrolsAmbient enoucntersCollectable materialsAdventures*Treasure maps*Public events with treasures*Lost sectors*

*denotes a seemingly new feature

Destiny 2 will emphasize the sense of exploration that players experience. For example, players will be able to discover and unlock secret, hidden dungeons, which will contain both loot and bosses. There appear to be many, many secrets to discover.

Furthermore, there will be more interaction with NPC’s, resulting in numerous side-quests and further adventures.


Map:

Destiny 2 features a revamped map system that players will use to uncover and navigate the new areas. Waypoints, such as those corresponding to the activities listed above, will show up on this map. It will also show WHERE and WHEN public events will take place.

In addition, players will no longer have to ‘go to orbit’ to navigate to new locations. The world navigation system will now be usable from anywhere.


Co-operative:

Co-operative play was heavily emphasized by all presenters. Bungie attempted to strike a balance between easy matchmaking and ensuring that all players are comfortable with the strangers they are matched with. The notable new features are:

  • Clans:
    Clans will no receive official, in-game support. These will offer rosters, tools for fireteam building, custom banners, and shared clan experience and progression. Achievements, whether done solo or in a group, will benefit your clan.

  • Guided Games:
    Guided games are a new way for solo players to find a fireteam without joining a clan and while being able to ensure they have a positive experience. Solo players will be able to see a brief summary of clan information, as well as the activity proposed, and will then be able to join the clan for that single activitiy without committing to the clan. 

    Guided games will open up your party to more players, in case one of your fireteam members must drop out of the activity.

Crucible:

The Crucible has been revamped for 4v4 combat across all game modes. There will also be a new attack/defend mode called “Countdown.” I assume we will learn more in the coming days.


PC Gamers:

In partnership with Blizzard, Destiny 2 for PC will be available exclusively through Blizzard’s Battle.Net.

Other Notes:

  • “More cinematics than ever.”
  • There will be a new raid.
  • There will be new strikes. The strike played at the reveal is called “The Inverted Spire.” You will traverse Red Legion territory to a Vex Stronghold, where you will fight a 3-stage boss.
  • There will be more quests and story missions
  • There may (SPECULATION: ENTIRELY UNCONFIRMED) be new vehicles.
  • There will be “More to do than any game we’ve ever made at Bungie.”

Main takeaways

Community, community, community. Destiny 2 was referred to several times by different people as “A world I want to be in, where I can always find people to play with if I want to.” Bungie appears to be focused on making all of D2′s content accessible to more players. This, to me, is a great thing.

Exploration: the words “Open World” were not used, and from the gameplay demo of “Homecoming,” that mission at least appeared quite linear. That’s not to say the rest of the game will be that way, and if the new map system is any indication, we can look forward to a lot more exploration. 

I, personally, cannot wait to see the new worlds. It seems like Bungie has done a lot of work to make each location feel unique.

Gameplay-wise, it sounds as though Bungie has learned from D1, and is looking for ways to make D2 more engrossing and meaningful for all kinds of players. If the new strikes have harder, more involved boss fights, it sounds as though we can expect more than the bullet-sponge boss fights that dominated D1.

The revamped weapons system also sounds great, and I can’t wait to hear more about it. 

I am unsure about the Crucible being reworked for 4v4. Reference was made to it being “For PvP Players,” although what that means remains to be seen.


And, most importantly: Throwing Knives return.

The girls proposing to their s/o?

sure thing!

Maki Harukawa

  • She must be insane for doing this.
  • She would never in a million years have thought that she’d actually propose to someone.
  • But you had been having such a nice talk, and it was a beautiful day, and she was thinking about all the things you could do together, and so she just…
  • “I think I want to marry you.”
  • She hadn’t even really meant it as a proposal, but when you asked her if it was one…
  • She admits that it might be what she wants, after all.
  • Spending the rest of her life with you… would be more than she deserves, probably.
  • But she really loves you, and out of all the people she’s ever met, you’re the only one who makes her hopeful for the future.
  • So… yes.
  • Yes, she’s asking.
  • She doesn’t have a ring right now, but she holds out her hand instead.
  • Please spend the rest of your life with her.
  • You just have to say yes, and she’s all yours.

Kirumi Toujou

  • Toujou’s pretty nervous about the whole thing, but she doesn’t really show it
  • She takes you out to eat at a nice restaurant, and afterwards you visit the place you went to for your first date.
  • She sits you down and tells you how much you mean to her, and how happy you’ve made her
  • It’s not a long speech, but she’s very sweet and genuine!
  • And then she gets down on one knee in front of you, and with the cutest blush you’ve ever seen, asks you to be her spouse forever.
  • You’ve hardly ever seen her flustered or unsure, so it really drives home how much this means to her
  • You agree without even thinking about it.
  • You love her, you want to be with her forever. Of course you’ll marry her!
  • She’s so elated she literally sweeps you off your feet!

Angie Yonaga

  • Angie figured that she’d use her talents to make her proposal as holy as possible
  • What could be more enticing than a god-given painting or sculpture?
  • So she did as she usually did and let her instincts take over
  • The result was a large painting of two birds
  • She wasn’t sure why birds, but figured she might as well use it!
  • So, when you next visited, she hung the painting in just the right spot and guided you over to it
  • “Hey, hey… So… a little birdie told me that you would be proposed to”.
  • ??? Angie, what
  • “Oh, the little birdie was me. I really love you! Let’s get married, okay?”
  • Well, that was simple
  • “So, how about it? Will you make a lovenest with me?”
  • Oh my lord
  • “After all, birds of a feather flock together -”
  • This whole proposal is just bird puns now
  • You kiss your girlfriend to put a stop to this trend right now
  • You were exasperated at first, but as you kissed her, you felt a  genuine happiness start to swell up inside you
  • When you pulled apart she looked at you very carefully, the most serious you’ve ever seen her
  • “Is that a yes?”
  • You assured her that it was
  • Your (now) fiancée couldn’t be happier!

Kaede Akamatsu

  • You’ve heard Kaede play before, of course.
  • But today, something is especially intense about the way she focuses on the music
  • She told you that she wanted to play for you, to show you her feelings
  • And it was the most precious, lovely music you’d ever heard.
  • You were brought to tears before you knew what was happening
  • And when the song was over, and she lifted her fingers off the keys, you were so in awe that you couldn’t speak.
  • She turned to you and took your hand in hers.
  • “I’m not good at expressing how I feel unless I use the piano, so I hope you got the message loud and clear. I love you. And I want to be yours… forever.”
  • It was a smooth and simple ring that she slid on your finger, but it was beautiful, and now it was yours.
  • You would treasure it, and her, for the rest of your life.

Miu Iruma

  • This is going to be the flashiest, most conspicuous proposal ever, or so help her
  • After inventing long-lasting fireworks that can spell out words, she takes you out for an “evening picnic”
  • She brought all your favorite foods and made sure you would be comfortable outside
  • And then, finally-
  • She whistled to a friend across the park, signaling them to set off the fireworks, and got down on one knee in front of you
  • “I’m not great at speeches, so I’m just going to say that I really fucking love you.”
  • The fireworks began to spell out your name, and then hers, and then… a ring appeared underneath
  • She smirked and held out a real ring to you
  • “I can promise you’ll have so much fun with me. For the rest of our lives! Even when we’re old and pretending to collapse to get free shit. We’ll always be together having the time of our lives!”
  • How could you say no to that?
  • You didn’t.

Himiko Yumeno

  • During your weekly date, Himiko acts suspiciously nervous the majority of the time
  • Stuttering over ever other word, clearly sweating, fidgeting with her hands and jewelry, they were all signs that something was up…
  • But you didn’t want to push her, so after asking if she was alright, you left it alone
  • Finally, she took a deep breath and asked if she could talk to you
  • Now you were getting a little nervous
  • But instead of speaking, all she did at first was to take a small box out of her pocket and hold it out to you
  • Confused, you took it and opened it to find a sleek silver ring nestled inside
  • She heard your gasp and giggled weakly
  • “Uhnaa… I-I love you, s-so…”
  • She trailed off, presumably too flustered to finish
  • Well, she didn’t need to
  • You wrapped your arms around her and clung on tightly
  • All you said was “yes”.
  • That’s all she needed to hear.

Tsumugi Shirogane

  • Tsumugi thought that simple and sweet was the best way to go.
  • So, when proposing to you, she merely sat down and told you how much she genuinely cared for you, and how happy she was to be with you
  • Instead of proposing, she asked you what you thought about a possible future together.
  • Of course, you told her that you wanted a future together
  • It was then that she took out a ring and offered it to you
  • While promising to treat you as best as she can, she slid the ring on your finger and kissed your cheek
  • From now on, the two of you would always be together…
  • She wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tenko Chabashira

  • Tenko wanted her proposal to be super cute and meaningful
  • So as soon as you got up on your anniversary, you saw that she had left you a note telling you to ‘go where you had your first date together’.
  • The next note told you to ‘go to the place you met’ and came with your favorite chocolates
  • The next note came with a bouquet of your favorite flowers
  • And so on, until you ended up in front of your favorite date spot
  • Stretched across the front of the building was a giant banner with your name on it, asking if you would marry her…
  • She came out the front of the building with a bashful smile and a glimmering ring
  • To the delight of Tenko and several passers-by, you said yes!

Fics Ideas I’ll Never Finish: Somewhere Over the Bifrost, an MCU/AoS/Wizard of Oz/Return to Oz AU.

When Darcy’s internship ended with her boss being whisked away in a freak tornado things just went from bad to worse. HYDRA revealed themselves to the world, promising to bring order and stability in these chaotic times. Darcy knew fascist propaganda when she heard it and promptly found the nearest resistance group and offered her services. For the next year what time she didn’t spend researching her boss’s disappearance she spent forging ID’s and passports, doing her bit to keep Inhumans and those who opposed HYDRA safe. Until one of them was tortured for her location.

A storm rages outside as she awaits her compliance training (not a pleasant process judging by the screams echoing down the corridors) and when the building loses power a woman with strange red eyes appears and rips the cage door off its hinges. The strange woman tells her even stranger things; “This is not the world, Darcy! You have to get out! Find Stark. He’ll help you get to the Tower. The exit is on the 67th floor. Northwest corner.”

Darcy has a thousand questions but the moment they reach the exit they’re running, through the pounding rain pursued by HYDRA agents. As they race through the neighbouring parklands they take a tumble down a muddy hillside and fall into a surging river. Darcy clings to her rescuer but the current is too strong and her grip is slipping.

Alone, confused, and looking like a drowned rat, Darcy makes her way to Jane’s old apartment for clothes and supplies. Jane’s jeans are a bit snug, her ex’s blue plaid shirt a bit big, and the red rain boots are the only shoes that fit her. As she’s getting ready to leave the building is stormed by HYDRA agents. She’s rescued by the Soldier, a man with a lot of guns, a brain like Swiss cheese, and a cybernetic arm he keeps in an old duffle bag because it keeps falling off. He agrees to help her find Stark, a former billionaire playboy turned recluse who spends his days soothing his broken heart with whiskey and developing high tech suits of armour. With a little encouragement he agrees to help them break into the Obelisk, a skyscraper in New York built by the asshole that stole his company from him. In the bowels of the building they free Dr Banner, a man in possession of terrible destructive powers which he is too scared to use.

All Darcy and her merry band need to do now is make it up 67 stories of one of the most heavily fortified buildings in the world as HYDRA blocks their escape. How hard can it be?

kagehina, 1k, “welcome home.” 

from the guild au.

The Karasuno Guildhall had been a farmhouse, once, a large but simple structure set amongst the rolling hills. Local lore has it that the great Ukai line of mages were farmers, once, and when the first Guild Master converted his home into the guild’s headquarters, the generations began piling on their own additions. Now, the hall doesn’t look so much like a farmhouse as several farmhouses smashed together. There’s no rhyme or reason to the shape of it, extra wings attached and walls knocked down and towers added without permission over the years. A single metal spire rises out of the center of the building, a large black banner unfurling from it and blowing in the wind. Sugawara-san, the guild’s ranking wind mage, is responsible for the current enchantment that keeps the banner billowing even on the stillest of days. But as a result, anyone can look up and see the clear white characters printed across the ink-black fabric. Fly.

It’s been three months since he’s been back. Kageyama had left just before his birthday, in early winter. It wasn’t an occasion that anyone would mark, anyway, and he only noted it because years and numbers are powerful things, with potent and often unpredictable effects on one’s magic. He’s twenty-one, now, and it’s early spring. The world is bright and new and the fields around the guildhall are bursting with white and orange flowers. It’s quaint and idyllic, and before Kageyama can help himself he calls up his wind magic, letting it blow through the flowers until they’re swaying in a comfortable breeze, dancing around him.

Your magic is so… tame. I didn’t expect you to be such a goody two-shoes.

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WARMTH – [Mercy76]

Some month ago I opened some SFM and fanfic slots for requests.

While I was able to complete all the SFM I never got around to finish the fanfics.

The only one I managed to write down is this one for @mythicvelocity

Her prompt was: You should do a one shot where jack lets Angela wear his 76 jacket XD I JUST LOVVEE mercy76 fluff

I hope you all enjoy this!


He was sprinting through the empty streets, jumping from cover to cover. The scouting mission was taking too long and Soldier: 76 was starting to get nervous. The ghost town of Eichenwalde was just too silent for his taste. A faint sound broke the silence and a graceful figure landed right behind him.

“Right beside y…”

He cut her short.

“Hush, Mercy!” He whispered.

“What’s wrong, Soldier: 76?” she asked, lowering her voice.

“I don’t like this silence, there’s something odd about it!” he replied, peeking behind the Omnic wreck they were using for cover.

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Bang Bang! (Ch.5)

Pairing: Ramsay Bolton x Reader

Summary:  The Red Wedding happened a week ago. Your boss, Petyr, insists on celebrating the men who “won” this victory, the Red Kings, an assassination group run by the sour-looking Roose Bolton. You, one of Petyr’s favorites, is tasked to find out more about these Red Kings. Who are they? Who are their clients? Who is next?You’re very good at what you do until you meet him. What do you do? Girls like you can’t fall in love. Does the Pretty Bird fly away with him? Or does she ruin the Bloody Bastard and everything he has?

Words: 2944

Read on Ao3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11108982/chapters/25575804

Immediately after your talk with Petyr, he made an appointment for Ramsay free of charge. Ramsay expressed his excitement to you.

Ramsay: [I’ve got an idea for tonight. I think you’ll like it.]

You: [Oh? What kind of idea?]

Ramsay: [A night you will not forget. Put on the fanciest dress you have for me.]

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so we're making gingerbread houses, right

steve makes an honest-to-god house with a picket fence and 2.4 children (he bit off the legs of one poor kid, the shit)

tony got out the blowtorch and got bruce to get out flasks (plural) to make the perfect building icing 

nat covered hers in ‘traps’ which is just to cover up fuck-ups where the shit didn’t stick

clint makes a house out of goddamn donuts. a fucking donut house. it doesn’t even look good. 

sam tried to make an igloo out of gumdrops but it wouldn’t stay up and he didn’t trust the newly patented Stark-Banner Building Icing™ and i kept eating the gumdrops

thor is trying so hard, trying so so hard. vision is helping him put things in the right spots to maintain structural integrity

wanda made hers with her family, including her brother pietro who had white icing for hair? idfk but she was done early and spent the rest of the time shooting pretzels at clint’s donut monstrosity

don’t ask me what i made gingerbread is for munching not for construction work

30 June 2015 - Greenpeace Spain activists climbed a crane near Spanish Congress in Madrid and unfurled a 32-meter banner reading “La protesta es un derecho” (Protesting is a right). Tomorrow a new set of draconian laws curbing the rights of protesters will go into action. 

The new law allows fines of up to €30,000 for taking photographs of police officers. Individuals participating in demonstrations outside parliament buildings or key installations could be fined up to €600,000. Those insulting police officers could be fined up €600. Burning a national flag could cost the perpetrator a maximum fine of €30,000. The same fine can be given to people resisting evictions and home repossession. [video]

Can’t Stop the Hacker Lyfe!

Originally posted by stevie-pinkie-pie-rogers

Summary: Alright, maybe, just maybe, you might have bit off more than you could chew when you decided it would be fun to hack into Stark Industries.

Paring: None. Tony/Reader friendship. sorta.

Warnings: Language. Techno-babble. Song-fic-ish. Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden

A/N: Apparently, I’m on a “write everything but the last chapter of your main fic” kick.

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I Thought You Were Different: Book 3 (Part 32/?) (Steve Rogers x reader)

Part 31

ANGST WARNING

“What time are you meeting up with Buck?”

“In about an hour,” Steve called out to you across your room, the sounds of his shower muffling his voice.  “Did you want to come along?  I’m sure he’d love to see you.”

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