With one of my favorite Raids, Vault of Glass, returning in Year 4, I wanted to put out what I've been trying to figure out ever since D1 Year 1: the Vex Mythoclast's firing mechanism. So, let's put on our Cryptarch hoods and attempt to do what Rahool couldn't: figure out how it works.
This was the first and only fusion rifle that fired each bolt individually. This implies that the weapon has to be in a constant charged state to fire each bolt without needing a charge time. But no other fusion rifle to date has this feature.
This is where the flavor text comes into play. At first glance it's enigmatic and its analysis abruptly cuts off. But, why does it cut off? Let's look at how it's structured. It's a sentence without a concrete beginning nor end. If the weapon's mechanism houses a "causal loop", what if the weapon is in a perpetual state of existence – encased in an endless time loop that reverts the weapon back to its designated state after each trigger pull?
Flavor Text – A Paradoxical Sentence
Let's take a look at the flavor text.
"…a causal loop within the weapon's mechanism, suggesting that the firing process somehow binds space and time into…"
The comma in the middle implies a two-part sentence, but the very beginning and end are cut off – almost like this is segment of a larger sentence. However, what if we swapped these partial halves with each other?
"…suggesting that the firing process somehow binds space and time into a causal loop within the weapon's mechanism,…"
The sentence still makes sense, despite the actual beginning and end not being present. However, because it still makes sense, what if we looped the sentence?
"…a causal loop within the weapon's mechanism, suggesting that the firing process somehow binds space and time into a causal loop within the weapon's mechanism, suggesting that the firing process somehow binds space and time into a causal loop within the weapon's mechanism, suggesting that the firing process somehow binds space and time into…"
So on, and so on. It's a paradoxical sentence feeding back into itself. So, let's apply this concept to its firing mechanism.
Firing Mechanism – Perpetual State of Existence
Fusion rifles require time to charge to fire a burst of bolts, and cannot fire a single bolt unless fully charged. Thus, the Mythoclast has to be fully charged to fire that first bolt. But, how can the weapon be fully charged, and hold it without discharging bolts or spontaneously blowing up in our face? Let's apply the flavor text's paradoxical nature here.
The weapon's state of existence (SoE) was "paused" right after it fully charged (with the trigger held), but right before it fires the first bolt. Thus, the trigger pull/hold becomes a literal trigger to resume its SoE, and no charge time is required to fire that first bolt. After that first shot, its causal loop kicks in and the weapon's SoE is looped and rewound back to its former "paused" state – allowing it to be fired again with no charge time.
But what about the full-auto mechanism? Well, because the trigger is held after the causal loop returns it to its "paused" SoE, it would automatically trigger and resume its SoE.
Thus, the weapon is essentially its flavor text. Think about it this way. Each time we pull the trigger, the flavor text is read; and each time that first bolt fires, the flavor text ends and becomes ready to be reread.
Speculation of its Purpose
"Mythoclast" can be roughly translated into "Breaker of Myths", which can be interpreted two ways:
- The Vex want to secure their "pattern" as the victors from the flower game by ensuring all other non-Vex "godlike" entities are destroyed, leaving them to be the only survivors yet again. Thus, the Mythoclast could've been their attempt to create a powerful weapon to accomplish that.
- Just as Xol inhabits the Whisper of the Worm and is using us to feed/empower itself through kills, the Vex could've built the Mythoclast for us (since it's "mysteriously fit for human hands" as stated in its Grimoire card) to eradicate the other factions, and then hopefully take us out afterwards. But as they learned the hard way, they may have countless Axis Minds. But we have a Saint-14.
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