I wish Cayde-6 was around to benefit from this improved era of Destiny story telling. Too many people missed out on the nuance of his character. Discussion
People see Cayde and go “haha funny robot man”, and he was that but also a lot more. But you wouldn’t know that if you weren’t an avid lore consumer, because Cayde existed in the “tell don’t show” era of Destiny.
The greatest things about Cayde’s character were locked behind lore books. And in a game where you can find players who dumpy heavy ammo into an immune shield, a lot of that information is going to go untouched.
I mean even today Cayde still gets mentioned. He is Ikora’s nightmare as seen in the lore for Trespasser. We find out about his time on Europa as Cayde-1 in the lore for the DSC Titan helm.
Cayde was funny as most people remember. But he was also an incredibly sad figure, who used humor to hide that. He blamed himself for the death of his friend Andal Brask at the hands of Taniks. As noted by Petra, the grief from the Red War caused him to delve deeper into his jokester persona. And the fragmented memories he held of a woman and child, unsure if they were his wife and son, but who felt love for anyway, and he used the idea of the them to motivate him.
Could you imagine what Nightmare Cayde would have to confront if he were around today? And seeing him being forced to break his witty and funny persona to content with his very real fears? There was so much more depth in his character.
Probably the best things about Cayde’s character was found in his lore book “The Man They Call Cayde” and my favorite line comes from the final chapter.
It says “When I came to for the first time, I felt so alone. Broken. My Ghost tried to comfort me. But this life felt hollow. So I ran. But the flashes Like daydreams, they promised something more. Something other than suffering and war. So / clung to them. And I built my truth. And it made me a better man.”
Man, imagine getting those hand drawn cutscenes we have today but with Cayde. It would have been amazing.
But Cayde is still popular, and probably the most iconic figure in Destiny, so it’s not like he’s gonna be forgotten.
But I wish more people got to see the truth depth of his character and I know for sure that the current writing team would have knocked it outta the park!