Destiny 2 players have been slowly climbing up in Power level, grinding to be the first to reach whatever the cap might be. One player, Bagel4k, finally reached it and was soon after subjected to a trial; now, victorious, it seems like the climb was only the start of something more sinister in the Destiny universe.
Last night, Bagel4k hit Power level 999 and subsequently tackled the Shattered Throne, a special dungeon in Destiny's world, by himself. This was all part of an ongoing theory among Destiny 2 players related to a line of lore from "Truth to Power," a book from the Forsaken expansion. A letter in the fiction told players to reach "Light Level 999 and defeat Dûl Incaru in a one-person fireteam to unlock the true ending of the Dreaming City."
The Dreaming City is an evolving environment, getting taken over by Taken and cleared by players in a repeating cycle for some time. Bagel4k reached the necessary level and, with coaching from other Destiny 2 players, made his way through the dungeon in a climactic run last night.
Initially, it didn't seem like Bagel4k's run did anything; nothing seemed to happen at first, and players were left wondering what was up. Then Destiny 2 community manager Dylan "dmg04" Gafner started posting some strange tweets, later saying they didn't recall the tweets. A post on the Bungie blog made it clear, though: Bagel4k's victory set some gears in motion.
Throughout a post dedicated to Bagel4k's run, there are asides from a second writer, presumably Savathûn as they introduce themselves. Savathûn is essentially a Hive god, on the level of Oryx, the main antagonist of The Taken King from the first Destiny. Also known as the Witch-Queen, Savathûn has been one of the main antagonists lurking in the background of the Shadowkeep update for Destiny 2, and it looks like things might finally be coming to a head.
Some theorize that Savathûn might be trying to escape the game via Gafner, while others have less radical ideas about what's coming. Either way, conflict with the Hive's Witch-Queen seems inevitable, and it might be that Bagel4k is the one that set everything in motion. She's only been mentioned up to this point, but considering Bungie's penchant for world-changing events and some teases about greater conflicts to come, we could see something major go down.
Shadowkeep has been an interesting update, bringing wizards back to the moon but still struggling with onboarding its newer players, especially in the wake of structural changes to the game's core. But if Bungie is adding more really big enemies to shoot our guns at, that sounds like a net positive.