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Beyind Light map and greek Mythologie

destiny2 2 - Beyind Light map and greek Mythologie

Like most people I'm in a hype state and can't wait to finally explore Europe with my warlock and learn the story around Stasis, Eramis and Clovis Bray.

However, the names of the places on the already shown
europa - Beyind Light map and greek Mythologie

map caught my eye. To be more precise Charon's Crossing. Charon, Charon, Charon, there was something, somehow the name seems so familiar to me.

Charon, the ferryman of the dead in Greek mythology. I couldn't help noticing that Charon's Crossing on the map is a bottleneck to the beyond. Almost as if Bungie was trying to say something?Spurred on by this, admittedly very obvious detail, I looked at the names of the other places on the map and came across more figures from Greek mythology. The world of Destiny has often been influenced by different mythologies.

So I just present you here my research results and my thoughts about it and I am curious about your thoughts and ideas about it.

TL;DR at the bottom!

Eventide Ruins

Bungie refers to it as the abandoned Clovis Bray colony. So I guess you can assume that it was once the Eventide colony. For everyone who, like me, is not an English native speaker, the word Eventide is strange. What is eventide? Eventide is an upscale, poetic word for the evening. You could have thought of it.

In Nordic mythology there is Ragnarök, the twilight of the gods. You could somehow associate that with Eventide. But in Greek mythology, there is no such thing, only
Astraeus - Beyind Light map and greek Mythologie

Astraeus, the god of dusk. Married to Eos, goddess of the dawn and father of the 4 wind gods, Boreas, Euros, Zephys and Notos. Admittedly this is rather far-fetched and somehow inappropriate.

So I thought about how the name could fit into the world anyway. And I did not have to think that far. Clovis Bray and the Exo-Project, the evening of biological humanity and the dawn as Exo. That fits better to the information Bungie gave us. Hopefully we will know more when Beyond Light goes live.

Cadmus Ridge

Finding something about Cadmus was much, much easier. Cadmus was the king of Thebes, son of Telephassa and the Phoenician king Agenor. And brother of Europe!The whole story about Cadmus is somehow exciting, but too much for that. I am only referring to a certain part, to his death.

His wife Harmonia and he were turned into snakes by Zeus and were taken up in the Elysium. To understand, Elysium is a part of the underworld where the souls of the dead exist in eternal bliss.But why do I refer to that part of his life?

Bungie describes Cadmus Ridge as the last known location of the Bray Exoscience facility. The place where people were transformed into exos by "God" Clovis Bray and then live a life as an exo in eternal bliss. Now does that sound familiar?

Asterion Abyss

Asterion) you can find 2 different persons.First is Asterion, King of Crete and, surprise, a husband from Europe (after Zeus). This is already the second person with connection to the goddess Europa. What a coincidence.The Second Asterion is the Minotaur from the Labyrinth, the son of Pasiphae, wife of Minos, son of Europa and Zeus.

Now how do you bring a dangerous Minotaur in a labyrinth where 7 men and women are sacrificed every 9 years in connection with a Vex structure hidden in the ice?Possibly a spoiler? I suspect, obviously, a vex dungeon with a minotaur as boss? And I look forward to it if it is true.


Charon`s Crossing

Well, I already said something about that at the beginning. That the name symbolizes the transition from life/light to the realm of the dead/darkness is more than obvious. Maybe Variks will be our ferryman?

Therefore I use this to share some interesting details. Because during my research around Charon and the underworld other names caught my eye. But for that I have to go further.Who doesn't want to know this can go straight on to Beyond.

In the greek mythology there were 5 gods that first emerged from the chaos.These were Erebus, Gaia, Tartarus, Eros and Nyx.

Erebus - Beyind Light map and greek Mythologie

Erebus is the god of darkness.
Gaia is the personified earth.
Tartatus is a personified part of the underworld, the counterpart of Elysium. Tartarus is the deepest part of the underworld and is home to the souls of the wicked.
Eros is the God of love, lust and sex .
Nyx is the primordial goddess of the night.

Gaia is the mother of the giants and therefore also the mother of the giant Enceladus).
Nyx has produced many children, including Eris, the Goddess of strife and discord), and together with Erebos,
Charon, the ferryman of the dead.

Also worth mentioning are perhaps Thanatos, god of gentle death and Keres, goddess of violent death. I don't know if these names might become relevant anymore, but I just found it interesting and somehow fitting.

Around the underworld, maybe Cerberus is also worth mentioning. Cerberus is a three-headed dog that guards the entrance so that no dead person leaves the underworld and no living person enters it.


According to Bungie, this is the place where an old friend awaits us.Referring to Greek mythology, it is fitting to put the afterlife behind Charon`s Crossing.

However, there is another connection that I did not mention before. The souls of the deceased come in Greek mythology before the three judges Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus. These are the children of Zeus and Europa, later adopted by the king of Crete, Asterion. Minos stepson is the Minotaur Asterion in the labyrinth. An interesting combination of places and names.


I wonder if Europe as a whole should represent the underworld of Greek mythology. The afterlife as such is present. From there we will go over the Charon's Crossing into the underworld. On one side is the abyss of Tartarus, where a minotaur waits for us in a labyrinth and up the ridge with the entrance to the Elysium of Clovis Bray. And on the other side a barren meadow of joylessness where the colonists once lived.

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