- “Rumors mostly. They’re elite. Ruthless. And rumor is, they’ve never known defeat.“
- — Ikora Rey
The Red Legion is an elect Cabal Legion once led by the Cabal Emperor, Dominus Ghaul. They are the main antagonist for Destiny 2, who invade Earth seeking to claim the Traveler as their own. In the consequence of the Red War, the Legion would fracture into assorted leaderships such as Val Ca’uor, Valus Thuun, The Psion Flayer Sisters and besides see the refund of Emperor Calus, their erstwhile emperor who aims to recruit them into his loyalist regimen along with his daughter, Empress Caiatl who seeks to see the Legion rise and master of architecture once more .
The Ghost Primus
The Ghost Primus, Dominus Ghaul
- “The Ghost Primus was strong because of his disfigurement, not in spite of it. He alone had the vision to share my dream of a new, perfect world. Ghaul was a creature of singular beauty, and I loved him.“
- — Emperor Calus 
Emperor Calus impressed by a young gladiator Ghaul, would appoint him to Primus of the Red Legion to better use his talents. due to his albinism, Ghaul promptly became known as the Ghost Primus. [ 1 ] Ghaul quickly became indispensable to the Emperor not only for his skill in battle but besides his wisdom. Ghaul soon found himself as the right hand of Calus, who would frequently discuss his plans and ideas with Ghaul to refine them and temper the Emperor ‘s passion with discipline. [ 2 ]
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As his command over the Red Legion grew, the Legion became more firm to Ghaul over their emperor butterfly. This growing corroborate enabled Ghaul to launch a successful coup against Emperor Calus, with the Red Legion accompanying him to arrest Calus and sending him and his supporters into expatriate inside The Leviathan. [ 3 ]
A New empire
- “Ghaul has even disfigured the peoples’ minds. He has dismembered the Cabal of its foreign influences, teaching the people a pit fighter’s gruesome self-sufficiency. Weapons only a grunt can understand. Language that can only be barked through a battlenet.“
- — Councilor Match
With the Red Legion in control of The Cabal Empire, Ghaul titled himself Dominus and declared himself the drawing card of a new Cabal government where there would be no more emperors and where everyone could attain greatness if they worked hard for it. Under his direction, the Cabal militarized and became a suppress, expansionist empire, and the Praetorate regained little of the power it had held ahead Calus, although the Consul remained Ghaul ‘s adviser. [ 4 ] Ghaul eliminated much of the degeneracy of the Empire in favor of perfecting the Cabal into what he viewed as an ideal war-driven imprint. [ 5 ] Knowing that Calus remained alive and a potential threat to his rule, Ghaul took steps to hide his movements from the expatriate Emperor in an attempt to keep his plans secret. [ 6 ] similarly, the Red Legion during the Empire ‘s complete reconstruction became a Naval power station. Under Ghaul and Umun’arath ‘s command, the entire Cabal naval doctrine, predominantly that of the Red Legion ‘s shifted to an adaptive, dispensable, and teem tactic contrivance. Cruisers described as “ beautiful deterrents of Calus ‘ armada ” had been stripped down dear wholly into “ hasty and crude ” Frigates and Carriers. These newly Cabal warships were made to be expendable, quickly produced, and used in unison, specifically in brutal broadside exchanges with Hive Spacecraft. War Fleets now suckled fuel from enormous carriers and operated as groups rather of the “ proud, mugwump ” cruisers of Calus ‘ honest-to-god Empire. much of this extreme shift of doctrine was pushed by the rim wars of the Cabal against the Hive which, as described by Councilor Match “ leave no time or space for elegant vector dances ” when facing the Hive ‘s unconditioned slip-space abilities. Despite this doctrine being best suited against Hive, the Red Legion stuck by it as their key naval principle and seemed to never greatly change it. [ 7 ] It should be noted, however, that either a few of Calus ‘ cruisers presumably survived conversion and had been absolutely retrofitted into deluxe Capital ships, or the Red Legion made some exceptions and constructed much larger battlecruisers that served as juggernauts for orbital barrage and stuck out like sensitive thumb amongst the modern Cabal Fleets. One such example of these Capital ships is the Retribution. The conversion of the Empire was not barely limited to discarding degeneracy and the previous naval doctrines. conversion of the Empire to Ghaul and the Red Legion ‘s newly regimen spread to the Athenaeum Worlds. once sites where citizens, chiefly artisans and thinkers, would travel to be inspired from “ alien wonders from across and beyond the Cabal. ” These worlds were shut and closed off in the Legion and Ghaul ‘s reign. Worlds of the Cabal Empire were radically transformed. fantastic inventions of old became replaced by dour weaponry and militant architecture. Great gardens and flora of the Cabal ‘s worlds were removed to pave way for industrial area. Almost all of the properties that Calus had instilled were being dissolved. [ 8 ] Emperors to Domini. luxury to martial grit. Cruisers to swarms of frigates. Gardens to factories .
- “Before you, the Red Legion had never been defeated in battle.“
- “[They have] subjugated hundreds of worlds. Those that resisted… no longer exist.“
- — Osiris and Deputy Commander Sloane on the Red Legion
In some of the Legion ‘s earliest campaign ‘s under Ghaul, the Dominus had employed the use of Psions amongst the Legion to mask his fleets from the Hive in his conquest of their War moons on the periphery of Cabal space to ensure a “ fender ” against invasion. [ 9 ] One of the better documented and most crucial of the Red Legion ‘s campaigns involved one of the Empire ‘s client species, the Clipse. Living amongst a harsh and xenocidal environment, the Clipse had been viciously forced to change, identical similar to the conversion experienced by the Cabal, to a warlike and war-driven race. Seeking security in the fallout of the Midnight Coup, Ghaul sent a fleet of Red Legion towards the Clipse homeworld in order to secure their commitment and “ win ” the centuries erstwhile conflict that had long tormented the drudging Clipse. The contingent of Red Legion in their occupation and aid of the Clipse promptly discovered, however, that the only room the harsh ecosystem would involve taking the planet with it. Attempts at absolutely terraforming and transforming the Planet ‘s climate were all botched and entirely poisoned the world and Clipse promote. Shock attacks and “ clear and hold ” tactics repeated again and again proved futile as even though the Red Legion and Clipse could fend off the threat – they could not stop or reverse it. Despite a century ‘s worth of effort expended by the Red Legion, the operation was considered “ no farseeing necessity to the strategic security system of the conglomerate ” by Ghaul and the Red Legion contingent abandoned the Clipse. [ 10 ] The Clipse would remain firm to Ghaul to the bitter end, trying to earn his favor back by attempting to best Calus and the Leviathan when they appeared. Although many Clipse would finally be taken into arcologies, their homeworld would be obliterated by its moon, Kaga-Clipse ‘s guns. sometime following the conversion of the Empire, Ghaul and the Red Legion had constructed a titanic vessel comparable to a moon in length and dead size. This vessel, which would become known as The Almighty, became the centerpiece of all Cabal Fleet ‘s along with the pate bejewel of the Red Legion. It was seen as an huge engineer feat to the Cabal and held to an about avid or holy place stature. The loss of the Almighty would be as impactful if not more impactful than the passing of Ghaul. The Red Legion would go on to conquer hundreds of worlds at Ghaul ‘s orders, deploying The Almighty against those who refused to surrender. Though the huge majority of these wars and campaigns are undocumented, it is known one such rape occurred adenine close as the Trappist arrangement. In most of these campaigns the Red Legion sought any and all data on the Traveler. [ 11 ]. They were said to have never once failed. [ 12 ] many celebrations and ceremonies of countless victories were held by the Red Legion. One such ceremony would be interrupted by Rull and his assassination of Iska’al and Moli Imoli with Rull perishing before Ghaul just as he had killed the Everjoy. In the days immediately before the Red Legion set out to the Solar System to wipe out the Guardians, Calus deployed his Shadows to assassinate the versatile conspirators behind the coup that deposed him. While the Shadows succeeded in eliminating about everyone on Calus ‘s hit list except Caiatl, Umun’arath, Otzot ( additionally referenced during Insight terminus fall ), The Consul and Dominus Ghaul, none of them survived their mission. Although they succeeded in infiltrating Ghaul ‘s vessel, the Shadows perished one-by-one against overwhelming odds. Nohr slaughtered three-hundred of Ghaul ‘s best warriors with her bladed shield before facing off against the Dominus himself. She was the last Shadow standing, and Ghaul killed her, much to the grief of Calus. [ 13 ] [ 14 ] [ 15 ] [ 16 ] Preluding the Red war, it was discovered that, with the aid of the Skyburners, the Red Legion had figured out how to drain the paracasual properties of the Traveler after rugged research and intel taken from the Hive Dreadnaught. With this information combined with the years Ghaul had already studied of it and “ the worlds it had touched ”, the Red Legion was able to fulfill its goals and construct a batting cage device that could extract the Light from the Traveler and bestow it upon others. [ 17 ] This valuable information, along with the schematics to the Cage would be stored onboard the Almighty .
The Red War
crimson numerous attacks the last City
- “I command Legions. Conquered worlds. Waged war across the galaxy to prove my worth. I alone am worthy of the Traveler’s Light.“
- — Dominus Ghaul.
Upon receiving a straiten call from the Skyburners, the Legion prepared an attack against the last City on Earth. Psion Operatives managed to compromise the cities outer sensors, defenses, and outposts to conceal their presence. [ 19 ] Using this to their advantage, they launched a successful invasion on the last City while attacking other places like the Reef. [ 20 ] The Legion would cripple the last City and devastate the Guardians by using the Traveler Cage to suppress the Traveler ‘s light. In attacking the City, Ghaul sought to show the Traveler the erroneousness of its ways in choosing humanness over the Cabal and establish a modern decree of Cabal Guardians from within the ranks of his own species. [ 21 ] [ 22 ] [ 23 ] Following the attack, the Red Legion began to cursorily spread everywhere in the Solar System. [ 24 ] On Nessus, they lauched a mine crusade contribute by Primus Cal’aug to harness the Vex engineering of the satellite. On Io, they attempted to drain Io of its abnormal Light which unintentionally summoned the Taken, forcing them to abandon many dig sites as they fought. On Mars the remaining Legions gathered at Meridian Bay for one final examination assault and the Red Legion led the accusation. The deadlock was broken, the Vex Virgo Prohibition was destroyed, Bastion retake, and the Gate to the Black Garden was disabled, even on Venus. On Mercury the now-Lightless Titan Sunbreakers were destroyed. [ 25 ] They had tied assault the Reef after having imposed the Broken Legion moderate by Valus Trau’ug as a trojan horse. [ 26 ] With their security being lax, and Ghaul being preoccupied by wanting to understand the Traveler, their greatest weapon, The Almighty, was disabled by a Guardian. This led to a full on attack on the Red Legion-occupied City by more Guardians, spearheaded by the Vanguard. With pressure climb and his temper boiling over, Ghaul murdered the Consul, who criticized his obsession, and went to take the Light to become a Lightbearer himself. For a short while he fought the Guardian, Ghaul ascended into a massive figure of pure Light good as the Traveler wake up, who smited the Dominus once and for all. even in it ’ s consequence, Red Legion weapons are used in Shaxx ’ s Crucible to help train new Guardians. Ghaul ‘s death and the Legion ‘s get the better of at the City did not substantially hinder their war car, and Guardians took to the fronts of the Legion ‘s operations across the Solar System .
bolshevik Legion fighting aboard Bracus Zahn
- “The Cabal used to be those cranky jerks out on Mars. Now their warmachine is all over Earth. Someday we’ll get them out of the system. Right?“
- — The Ghost
Having regained their light and secured victory against Ghaul, the Guardians started attacking the Legion more aggressively within the european Dead Zone. Their actions involve instigating a brush with the House of Dusk Fallen, [ 27 ], directing the Taken assault on the EDZ toward the Legion, [ 28 ] and thwarting the Psions ‘ attempts to harnessing Taken power. [ 29 ] On top of that, Firebase Hades was subjected to the Guardians ‘ repeated assaults, including sabotage of their anti-air defenses, [ 30 ] explosive charges, [ 31 ] electrical systems, [ 32 ] [ 33 ] and issue of Organogel. [ 34 ] The Guardians had besides targeted Bracus Zahn, an ill-famed Cabal weaponsmith and arms dealer employed by the Legion. Wanted for arming the legion with his illegitimate weaponry that killed dozens of refugees, Suraya Hawthorne and Cayde-6 instructs the fireteam to infiltrate Firebase Hades and trace the Bracus ‘ whereabouts to Echion Vae. Having occupied the carrier after Thumos ‘ death, Zahn rallies the Legion along with his lieutenants to engage the fireteam as he tactically retreats to the roof of the warship. He called down air out support for care in his final confrontation, but meets his end. [ 35 ] On Nessus, the Red Legion had been excavating the surface for Vex engineering to weaponize. Their efforts unearthed the ancient Vex Mind Protheon, Modular Mind deep within the Inverted Spire, with which they could harness its singular harbor engineering. however, a fireteam of Guardians cope to breach into the Legion ‘s excavate sites and destroy Protheon before they had a chance to capture it. [ 36 ] After Ghaul ‘s death, the Red Legion received transmissions from the desposed Emperor Calus, offering them the switch to join his Loyalist regimen aboard the Leviathan. several elements of the Legion were sent on missions to collect geological data on the satellite itself, with which the Guardians had intercept and killed. [ 37 ] Following the events of the Red War, leadership began to fracture with the death of Ghaul and a count of senior Primus and Valus personnal having been hunted and killed by Guardians in the ensuing consequence. The line of sequence finally fell to Val Ca’uor, who promptly established himself as the new drawing card of the Red Legion. Rather than return to Torobatl in take down, the newly appointed drawing card arranged to have the Legion ‘s arsenal restocked and their strength rebuild. To capitalize on the limited defender presence at the time, Ca’uor deployed Red Legion forces to Mercury to harness Vex technology and Mars to siphon ample energy. [ 38 ]
Restocking their arsenal
Kargen and Red Legion engaging a defender
- “The Dominus was a strong leader, but the Red Legion had more to offer than simply overwhelming force… They think us weak and insipid. I will show them the might of the Red Legion, and they shall not forget.“
- — Val Ca’uor
After the Almighty ‘s sabotage, Cabal survivors have occupied the Fields of Glass on the unbroken surface of Mercury. There they engage the forces of the Vex and late the Guardians. [ 40 ] Commander Valus Thuun lead a conspire digression into the huge alternate realities of the Infinite Forest, in hopes to find a reality where they won the Red War. Coming close to the map of the Forest, Thuun and his forces would become trapped in an dateless combat loop by the Vex and killed by Guardians on reprise. [ 41 ] A bug in the loop had besides duplicate copies of the Red Legion which threaten to escape the forest, forcing the Guardians to push second against them. [ 42 ] While the polar caps having recently been thawed by the Traveler ‘s reawaken, the Red Legion made a push to establish a bridgehead over Hellas Basin despite the Hive bearing of the Grasp of Nokris. Cabal forces lead by Bracus Talurn attack to occupy BrayTech Futurescape but were immediately dispatched by The Guardian and Ana Bray. [ 43 ] The Red Legion would attempt several operations against Rasputin and the Bray facility. It includes a raid orchestrated by Val Palusk to steal world power from BrayTech Futurescape into batteries to smuggle. Their efforts would only incur the Guardians to strike back with an ambush to kill Palusk and disrupt their supply chain. [ 44 ] meanwhile, a group of Psions would make a fail undertake to evolve into Flayers by stealing power from Rasputin ‘s nodes, to which their efforts were thwarted by Guardians deoxyadenosine monophosphate well. All of these attempts at stealing from Mars and Rasputin came to a head under the command of Commander Truvul who lead a armed robbery to steal data fragments that could grant the Red Legion Rasputin ‘s Omnikey. The operation along with Truvul himself and his two subordinate Val ‘s was decimated and vanquished. [ 45 ] meanwhile, Cabal forces lead by Kargen, the Technocrat launched an penetration into the Insight Terminus on Nessus, which serves as a Vex installation of great interest to the Psion Flayer. Having hacked the Vex ‘s gate network, Kargen ‘s attempt to steal Vex data with an OXA Machine prototype would only be thwarted by another defender fireteam that killed the Psion and his forces in cold blood. [ 46 ]
War ‘s end
Val Ca ’ uor invades the Leviathan
- “I will take the Leviathan for the Red Legion. The great machine is a weapon of the Cabal, and if Calus holds no allegiance to his people, then he is not worthy to wield it.“
- — Val Ca’our
Faced with countless setbacks by the Guardians, Ca’uor would lead the Red Legion in a final push aimed to commandeer The Leviathan from Calus, to whom he loathed for being covetous of Ghaul. [ 47 ] Ca’uor launched a massive Red Legion fleet against the emperor butterfly and his Loyalists, where his forces pushed into the Spire of Stars at the top of the Leviathan itself. Following Val Ca’uor ‘s invasion, Emperor Calus ordered an unsanctioned Guardian Raid team to repel the Red Legion, offering further riches and rewards upon their achiever. The Guardians heeded the expatriate emperor ‘s call and ascended the Leviathan ‘s steeple, just as the acting commander destroyed one of Calus ‘s robotic proxies. Upon confronting Ca’uor, the Guardians engaged the Red Legion ‘s elect forces to prevent them from taking control of the Leviathan. Using the Leviathan ‘s own formidable weapons, the Guardians managed to decimate the Red Legion evanesce blockading the Spire and killed the Val in a climatic struggle. In the wake up of losing the majority of their fleet, their ground forces and leader, the Red Legion was forced to withdrawal in shame. Ca’uor ‘s end would officially mark the effective end of the Red War. [ 48 ] It would late be found out this Raid was unauthorized by the Vanguard and entirely Guardians heeding Calus and Calus alone. [ 49 ] It would appear despite the Guardians ‘ treatment, a huge sum of Loyalists had been killed as every proceeding brush on the Leviathan with the Loyalists subsequently would show far fewer cabal members .
A Scattered legion
Ghalak the Forge Warden battling the Guardians With all their major operations thwarted and the death of Ca’uor, the Red Legion are left without any centeralized leadership. Their forces became disjointed and spread across the corners of the system, including the Reef. Awoken forces had even capture several remnants and imprison them within the Prison of Elders, until Variks, the Loyal inadvertly released them in a massive break. [ 50 ] Red Legion forces having previously occupied Reef territory could besides be found in the Tangled Shore, where Kaniks, the Mad Bomber would play them against a vengeance-seeking Guardian during their hunt. [ 51 ] The Red Legion would besides find themselves pawns of the Drifter where dozens of Cabal were lured into Gambit matches for massacre by Guardians. In the aftermath of one of their matches in the Emerald Coast, a surviving Psion had called in reinforcements with the radio of his fallen Colossus superior. [ 52 ] [ 53 ] The new tune of Cabal soldiers demand that the Drifter surrender his weapons and embark immediately, only for him to turned the tables by summoning an army of Taken Primevals which decimate their numbers, including a Harvester. [ 54 ] [ 55 ] Despite their losses, several holdouts of Cabal still had possess spoils of war from their initial conquest of the City. This includes a Forge scavenged from the Black Armory that they stashed away at Smidur ‘s Cavern in the EDZ. Their attempts to weaponize their Cabal arsenal with its experimental phase radiance engineering were met with Guardians looking to reclaim the forge for Ada-1, killing Ghalak the Colossus, Forge Warden in the action. In addition to their disheveled state, the Red Legion began suffering from multiple desertions such as those following Garut Gra’am who rooted themselves in Trappers Cave. The most big of these groups, the Unbowed Legion, made their debut in the EAZ during the Solstice of Heroes event in an try to take over the EAZ as a base of operations. Despite the group being led by three large Cabal commanders, they were quickly put to an end by the Guardians partake in the consequence.
Against the privation the host presently faces they have been seen to continue some operations such as an attempt to take over the EAZ leave by two Bond Sisters. former during Shadowkeep, there is a small contingent force in the depths of the Moon that ferment for the Nightmare of Dominus Ghaul angstrom well as some Nightmare Cabal created by the Pyramid there.. [ 56 ]
Meddling with Time
Ozletc battling the Guardians
- “The past and future are at our fingertips, sisters. Let us see what prospects they hold.“
- — Ozletc, the Sky Piercer
More recently a family group of Psion Flayers, having commandeered Osiris ‘ time-traveling Sundial, split Mercury into three interchange timelines that threaten to span beyond the planet and into the system. It is their purpose to undo Ghaul ‘s get the better of, or, failing that, gain enough Light from the future to buy their way back into Calus ‘ favor. The Red Legion ‘s operations were multifaceted within the Sundial, seeking to close the Infinite Forest, grind the Traveler to a pulp, and steal more information from the Vex. In their operations, the Red Legion even managed to utilize Osiris ‘ own beltway signatures to crack farther into the Vex than ever before. Though the Psion Flayer sisters, Niruul, the Hollow Voice, Ozletc, the Sky Piercer and Tazaroc, the Sun Eater, managed to create a edge region for themselves, the Guardians would ruin their plans. One by one, the Psion sisters would face the Guardians and be defeated. After weeks of their forces being eliminated, the three sisters, driven to desperation, used their huge psionic powers to merge into a single being, Inotam, Oblivion ‘s Triune. Despite Inotam ‘s huge powers, the Guardians would however prevail against her, thwarting the sisters efforts to subvert time. however, one baby remained, Amtec, who was informed by her sisters of their possible demise and then schemed to avenge them .
The Almighty doss into the death City
- “The Red Legion has one last play. They’ve boarded their superweapon the Almighty. And it’s on the move.“
- — Commander Zavala
After their cripple kill at the Sundial, Amtec would evade the Guardians ‘ reach and direct the Red Legion for one final despairing ploy : sending the Almighty on a collision naturally with the concluding City itself. [ 57 ] Despite the efforts of Zavala and Ana Bray clearing the embark of Cabal, the Red Legion had already disabled the ship ‘s seafaring and propulsion systems to prevent any attack from veering off its intend course. With little to no choice, the Vanguard decide to cooperate with the Warmind Rasputin, with Guardians rearming his arsenal, in order to save their home from destruction. This would kickstart The Almighty Crisis as the Guardians had only weeks to prepare before the calamity arrives. [ 58 ] meanwhile, remnants of the Red Legion took the opportunity to raid upon the newly active Seraph Bunker in the EDZ for weeks, plundering it of its Golden Age technical school to stash in confidential Lost Sector caches despite the Guardians ‘ attempts to thwart them. The Cabal were besides drawn to the Seraph Towers during their activeness in attempts to steal its mutual opposition charges. Despite the Legion ‘s efforts, however, the Almighty was ultimately destroyed by Rasputin merely moments as it reached orb with Earth, resulting in Amtec ‘s plot ending in a total failure for the Red Legion. Amtec ‘s final examination destiny had besides became ill-defined at this compass point .
- “The Red Legion will march again.“
- — Caiatl
Despite the huge passing surmounted over the years, including losing the Almighty, remains of the Legion hush operate. several groups of Cabal are seen interfering with the Guardians Contact events of Io to secure motes and blooms with Champions seen securing blooms for extraction. As for their current destiny, the remaining Cabal in the system will either turn to Calus ’ Loyalists or to Caiatl, the Princess-Imperial ’ sulfur government, with the latter seeking to raise the Legion once more. [ 59 ] [ 60 ]
- “ She’s calling the Legion home…or, no… back to her bosom? She wants them to capture Calus to prove their loyalty.“
- — Sagira to Caiatl’s transmission
In the inflame of many destinations vanishing, Xivu Arath ‘s Cryptoliths began corrupting many Red Legion Cabal just as Caiatl was beginning to rally the remaining remnants of the Legion through both the use of code communications and blue emissaries. Caiatl commanded the Legion to return to her and to prove their loyalty by capturing Calus whilst she sent far Scouts and emissaries to the system. Upon probe, entire encampments were abandoned along with mass graves reported and stallion groups slaughtering each other or suffering inner battle ascribable to the Cryptoliths ‘ influence leading Caiatl and her scouts to become leery and attempt to investigate the position .
The Empress ‘ arrival
imperial Command Carriers over Europa
- “ Ghaul commanded you to die for his vanity. I ask only that you fight at my side for the empire. The choice is yours.“
- — Empress Caiatl
Following the beat of the High Celebrant of Xivu Arath at the hands of the Guardians, Empress Caiatl, the new head of the Red Legion entered the Sol System and extended to the fracture remnants seats on her War Council through Rite of Proving. Recruiting many into emissaries of the Imperial Cabal, the Red Legion served under several modern directives at the behest of aspirant champions. Spread across their old strongholds of Nessus, Earth, and leading a new incursion to the Europan front, the Red Legion began to actively compete amongst each other for aura and positions along with offer protection to Caiatl. With the prospect of the fail alliance with the Guardians, many of these rear grounds flooded with Red Legion seeking to defend the glory of the Empire alongside their imperial aspirees. [ 61 ] [ 62 ] The largest of these detachments crowded Nessus where the Empress had touched down an imperial Land Tank the Halphas Electus along with a series of Bunkers. Lead by a former Legionnaire and Commander of the Red Legion, Commander Dracus sought to assert himself worthy through the Rites of Proving. Defending the Halphas Electus, Dracus and a large group of Cabal fought valiantly against the Guardians yet fell however and had their tribute pillaged. With a War Fleet settled complete Europa, another aspiring champion, Basilius the Golem, sought to exploit the secrets of the Deep Stone Crypt to create Exo-Legionnaires yet had besides fell to Guardian fireteams breaking through the Legion ‘s defenses. [ 63 ] Enraged by the fall of their homeworld, the Red Legion gathered under the control of one of their last remain officers, Val Ma’rag, and began to besiege the Cosmodrome and flush it out of its hive inhabitants as a symbolic victory and to potentially erect a firebase. [ 64 ] The brush was disrupted by promote intervention of the Guardians that killed both the Hive and Cabal forces along with their commanding officer. The last of the aspirant champions, Ixel, the Far-Reaching took a more elegant approach. Working with a cell of Psions, Ixel and the cell seized a Vex prediction engine to pull out from it data of the future. [ 65 ] Unlike the Battlegrounds before, the stranger lead Psion escaped with the data they had gathered from the machine, destroying it in the process and leaving Ixel to fend off in a Rite against the Guardians. Ixel would fall, leaving Caiatl deprived of several potential members as the Guardians continue to disrupt aspirants trying to ascend to her war council .
Psions fleeing with Ixel ‘s information
- “We are Amtec’s vengeance …and while she struck from the sun, we strike from the shadow.“
- — Yirix
In the shadows of the break Red Legion, a conclave of autonomous Psions and Cabal would form in Amtec ‘s diagnose seeking retribution. These conspirators would meddle in privacy before acting in the cover of Empress Caiatl ‘s second coming to the organization. Yirix, the leader of the conclave of conspirators, gained the aid of Ixel, the Far-Reaching, who sought to earn a set on Caiatl ‘s War Council and used Vex prediction engines on Nessus to find potential futures they could utilize. Although Ixel was slain by interfering Guardians, several Psions escaped with stolen Vex data that suggested several futures where the leader of the Vanguard, Commander Zavala, could be assassinated. [ 66 ] [ 67 ] Acting on Ixel ‘s foretellings of the future, three Psions snuck into the last City and steal remnants of the Traveler Cage from a Häkke facility. [ 68 ] Understanding the inability to destroy The last City, the conspirators would rather seek cripple of its leadership in Amtec ‘s identify. After amassing the information they had sought the conspirators aimed to destabilize the Guardians and their leadership, using the refined Light-Extraction and Detainment tech derived from Dominus Ghaul to achieve indeed after having tested it repeatedly in the field. [ 69 ] [ 70 ] The conspirators foremost sent a lone assassin into the stopping point City to slay Zavala in a garden while he was distracted, but he was warned of the attacker by Crow and killed the Psion. [ 71 ] Challenged to a Rite of ceremonial fight after weeks of conflict, Caiatl would send forth Ignovun, Chosen of Caiatl as her anoint representative, along with a bulk of Imperial loyal Red Legion, to challenge the chosen Champion of The stopping point City in the Proving Grounds inside the Halphas Electus. [ 72 ] [ 73 ] Taking place after the aforesaid Rite, the conspirators sent Qalec and Valir to try again at a ceremony marking the begin of an armistice between the Cabal Empire and the Vanguard. The second gear character assassination attempt was close to success, but Crow once again intervene and saved Zavala ‘s life with the aid of Empress Caiatl who slew Valir in the attempt. [ 74 ] Dispatching one of her Imperial Guard to seize the other who pulled the gun trigger, Qalec was captured and executed by Caiatl who vowed to hunt down and exterminate the rest of the Psion conspiracy as traitors to the Empire. [ 75 ] Despite the fail attack, the conspirators would not languish and continue its operations in privacy. After Ignovun, Chosen of Caiatl ‘s get the better of in the Proving Grounds and the armistice, Caiatl lost a batch of support regardless of the honorable ritual and several Cabal dissidents of the Red Legion defected, swelling the ranks of the deserters once more. [ 76 ] [ 77 ]
bolshevik Legion troops can be primarily identified by their signature gunmetal and red tinge system, with some troops having aureate, silver, or orange highlights depending upon their crying. They are besides more heavily armored than other Cabal Legions, wearing alloy plates over a bodysuit of War Beast scales. [ 78 ] The command structure and tactics of the Red Legion are more aggressive and agile than any Cabal Legion observed before, with deadly weapons, advanced technology, and battle techniques. The Red Legion besides has a handful of raw units that operate in the field. Majors will typically wear flatware armor, whereas Ultras wear aureate armor .
The Blood Guard The Blood Guard is an elect unit of the Red Legion. Described as Dominus Ghaul ‘s “ choose ”, [ 79 ] they much serve as commanders of operations throughout the Red War and can besides be found serving as bodyguards to high-level Cabal officers, and would die for their leader. [ 80 ] They can be identified by their heavy, all-red armor, which frequently features outstanding horsehair-like crests. The BloodGuard has members filling the roles of Legionnaires, Incendiors, Centurions, and Colossi and are frequently seen serving as an Honor Guard and approximately Red Legion Hardpoints or points of interest. It is heavily deduce Blood Guard are besides enforcers amongst the Red Legion to help carry out the will of the Dominus or acting crimson Legion leader along with serving as a royal guard. In Ca’our ‘s short eight-month reign, the Blood Guard were encountered far more frequently in the field until his subsequent end where the Blood Guard began to fracture into person lead cells as their primary purpose for existing had been shattered. The largest casing was several Blood Guard defecting to the “ Unbowed Legion ” of the Cabal Deserters in the shape of Uprooted Red Legion. Considering the Legion ‘s armor scheme with commanders and Ultras wearing Gold, along with the Guard ‘s imbalance after his fall, it can be inferred Thumos was a commanding officer of the Blood Guard if not its leader .
- A address sheet for a Red Legion Legionnaire, Centurion, and a fresh Cabal enemy that would late become a Gladiator .
- Concept art of a Red Legion Legionnaire .
- A Red Legion Phalanx .
- Concept art of a Red Legion Centurion .
- A Red Legion Colossus patrol in the aftermath of the destroyed city .
- red Legion troops struggle the Vanguard .
- red Legion soldiers on the battlefield .
- crimson Legion soldiers under the command of Bracus Zahn .
- Ghaul ‘s Red Legion warship along with smaller Red Legion Threshers looming over the last City .
- crimson Legion carrier wave ships .
- The symbol of the Red Legion .
- A Red Legion Legionnaire .
- A Red Legion Phalanx .
- A Red Legion Centurion .
- A Red Legion Colossus .
- A Red Legion Psion .
- A Red Legion Psion concealment in a bush waiting to fire.
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- Psions along with an obscure Psion Flayer gathering intel from a Vex Conflux .
- The Red Legion is the first Cabal force to travel to Earth and succeed in attacking the Last City. They use more advanced technology in stark contrast to the Cabal scouts who were originally deployed to the Solar System in Destiny, evidence of the Cabal Empire’s advancements after the original scouting party had been deployed.
- The Red Legion have been known to deploy via drop pods launched from their carriers, rather than mainly using the Harvester drop ship like their predecessors.
- The Red Legion is by far the biggest Cabal force the Guardians have ever faced.
- The Red Legion is the first Cabal force to use Threshers, War Beasts, Incendiors, and Gladiators.
- Upon closer inspection of Red Legion Cadavers, it can be seen that soldiers belonging to the Red Legion seem to undergo cybernetic augmentation, with the fingers of Phalanxes being replaced with metal claws and Psion’s having their helmets literally fused to their skull.
- The Red Legion return in Season of Dawn and in Season of the Worthy as the main enemy Faction against the Guardians.
- The design and artstyle of Red Legion has striking similarities to the design and artstyle of Banished from Halo universe.