Completing Nightfalls as a Fireteam in Destiny 2
Drained of ability energy, weapon light and empty in my hand, I have no choice but to bring my fists to bear against Bracus Zahn, frantically throwing myself against him until he finally falls. Seven seconds left.
Brakion the Genesis Mind looms over my corpse. My team is dead. We’re all dead. As we revive, I pour all my hope and power into one final shot from my Golden Gun. A flash of light, and it finally falls–and my prize, the Rat King exotic, falls into my inventory. Five minutes, eleven seconds left.
Protheon the Modular Mind stomps right up to me, jittering and sparking. It unleashes a powerful stomp, and the force sends me over the edge of the platform we fight on. As I fly back, I give it a parting shot, a final and desperate gambit. My grenade impacts as I did, and the boss falls just after I do. One second left.
When I played the first Destiny, I stuck solely to single player story missions and matchmaking-enabled Strikes. I never had any friends or siblings growing up who played games with me, so my instinct was to just treat it as a single player game.
In January, I came out as trans, and this bit is important. We’ll get back to Destiny 2, I promise. Weeks before the game came out, I wiped my PS4 and made a new account. (My old one had part of my deadname in it.) This fresh start was empowering and affirming, and made my transformation and growth as a person over the last year feel more concrete.
This was all crystallized when the Destiny 2 PS4 role was added to the Discord. I tentatively added myself, thinking to maybe have a way to find someone to accompany me in Crucible matches from time to time at most.
What I found instead was a vibrant and welcoming subcommunity of people who I quickly became friends with. I felt immediately accepted, both just as a player and ad a trans woman. I have since logged 99 hours in Destiny 2, and only a small fraction of that has been solo play. Every morning I group up and tackle a few milestones, whether Crucible, Nightfall, or just a Flashpoint. It has been a beautiful experience and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
It is in this group that I found the Morning Zoo, a group of us with either odd schedules or weird timezones. We happen to sync up, and play just about every morning when I get home from my night shift. With these teams I have defeated foes across the solar system from Earth to Nessus and back, and even delved into the Leviathan to fight the minions of Emperor Calus.
I’ll never get tired of the sound of victory, when that chest opens and spews its rewards into the air. Tokens, engrams, and plenty of glimmer. That moment of just catching our breath and laughing about our adventure. That feeling of being a team and conquering something great. It’s the most rewarding moment I’ve had this year, bar none.