Trials of the Nine Grimoire and Lore, Collected and Organized
What follows is an attempt to organize the Lore and Grimoire indisputably linked to The Nine into a semi-logical order for reading from "beginning" to "end". The text was copied from Ishtar-Collective.net, but the organization here is entirely my own.
I say indisputably because there is some grimoire that may be linked to the Nine, or that references the Nine but doesn't tell us anything meaningful about them.
I'm also leaving out the plethora of fascinating quotes from Xur and The Emissary of the Nine - I recommend googling that if you're interested though.
In addition to the Destiny 2 Lore from Trials of the Nine, I also included the Ghost Fragment about The Nine since it seemed relevant. Given their apparent ties to Osiris (Trials), I am hoping that the upcoming expansion Curse of Osiris will yield even more information about these enigmatic entities.
Other than that, I will avoid drawing any conclusions at present and look forward to reading the comments and any interpretations and alternative orders you all suggest. Enjoy!
REGARDING THE NINE
Ghost Fragment: Legends 2
The Nine are survivors of the cis-Jovian colonies who made a compact with an alien force to ensure their own survival.
The Nine are deep-orbit warminds who weathered the Collapse in hardened stealth platforms.
The Nine are ancient leviathan intelligences from the seas of Europa or the hydrocarbon pits of Titan.
The Nine arrived in a mysterious transmission from the direction of the Corona-Borealis supercluster.
The Nine are the firstborn Awoken and their minds now race down the field lines of the Jupiter-Io flux tube.
The Nine are Ghosts who pierced the Deep Black without a ship and meditated on the hissing silence of the heliopause.
The Nine are the aspects of the Darkness, broken by the Traveler's rebuke, working to destroy us from within.
The Nine is a viral language of pure meaning.
The Nine are the shadows left by the annihilation of a transcendent shape, burned into the weft of what is.
THE LONG WALK
"There is an end to everything." —Emissary of the Nine
[Eight sparks. A ninth, dim in the corner. And Orin in the middle.]
ORIN: Are we all here? Come into the light, please.
G-9: I like where I am.
ORIN: They said you all went to the deep without a ship. How?
G-7: Our charges are gone, but we're still creatures of Light. No different from the one you carry in your pocket.
ORIN: You're all either very brave or very foolish.
G-6: You sound like Shaxx.
G-5: She does. I'm glad my charge is gone.
G-4: Don't say that.
G-5: It's true.
G-4: Don't say it out loud. Some of us go our whole lives without finding one. Show some respect.
G-5: Don't talk like you're better than me. You're in here, too.
ORIN: Please. I'm sorry to call you all here, but—
G-2: You're not sorry.
ORIN: I need to know what you found out there.
ORIN: At least give me the coordinates.
A SUDDEN DEATH
"Everything dies. This is proof." —Emissary of the Nine
You spoke with the deep-orbit minds.
we heard what you asked
BUT THEY HAD QUESTIONS TOO
The lying robot no longer lies with others. Where is he?
MARK JUDGMENT & MARK RELENTLESS
"A signifier of force." —Emissary of the Nine
"For you as much as it is for them. They seek to observe your absolute force." —Emissary of the Nine
the edge of a system frays like string
PATHS ARE CARVED BY MORE THAN RANGERS AND WAYFINDERS
Out there in the remnants of old, the echo hums.
W E H A D B E E N V I E W E D B E F O R E
REMEMBER? DO YOU?
"Hesitation kills." —Emissary of the Nine
You sought us out in the deep black.
meditation wasn't enough for you
GO AND TOUCH THE HISSING SILENCE
Do not fear being submerged.
Not many ships go that far, these days.
you went through hell to get one, and then again to get out there
YOU FOUND THE DEVIL HIMSELF.
A G O L D E N S N A K E A D E V I L W H O P O S E S A S G O D
No more a god than you.
YOU DIDN'T FIGHT HIM.
Y O U T U R N E D A R O U N D S M A R T
while we watched
CLOAK JUDGMENT & CLOAK RELENTLESS
"For one who fights as the wind flows." —Emissary of the Nine
"For you as much as for them. They are observing your swiftness." —Emissary of the Nine
I'm not here to negotiate.
just don't ask who or why
W H Y N O T
EACH GUESS COMES WITH A PRICE
We've sent one other.
BOND JUDGMENT & BOND RELENTLESS
"For one who analyzes battle as the philosopher questions the universe." —Emissary of the Nine
"For you as much as for them. They are observing your thoughts." —Emissary of the Nine
The overturned stone reveals the ants beneath.
THEY WERE CURIOUS. SO THEY LOOKED.
why fault the curiosity which stems from loss
WHY FAULT THE YOUNG AND SMALL
W H Y N O T
A SWIFT VERDICT
“Judgment is final.” —Emissary of the Nine
we were young once
YOU WENT MAD TRYING TO UNDERSTAND
W E W E N T M A D T R Y I N G T O S P E A K
This doesn't matter.
when you are ready we will take it from you
AND YOU WILL BE GLAD OF IT
"The greatest threat to a Guardian is another Guardian." —Emissary of the Nine
You sought us out.
IN SOME SMALL WAY, YOU FOUND US.
But discovery always has a price. With curiosity comes consequence.
S H E I S N O T R E A D Y
SEEK JUDGMENT. GROW.
"Embrace your fate." —Emissary of the Nine
do you hear us
YOU WANTED POWER
It is not for you.
W E H A V E A T A S K F O R Y O U
FIND THE WORTHY. BRING THEM.
THREE ARE REQUIRED
E M P H A S I Z E I T
EVERYTHING DIES. THEY ARE NO EXCEPTION.
we're immortals, they'll say
C O R R E C T.
And yet, who dies more than they do?
N O N E
only when they accept this can they be born anew
"Show them that safe harbor is very far away." —Emissary of the Nine
THE RED SHIPS ENTER
THE AIR IS HEAVY.
Now, when you move, you can actually FEEL the weight of the world.
This weight is a gift.
you finally have our attention
"All this in service of one purpose. You have their attention. Let us see if you can keep it." —Emissary of the Nine
A V A U L T
A N E Q U I N O X
A S H I F T
Trials no more. Not like they were.
A P A R A L L A X
A V A U L T
O F N I N E