Members of a subreddit group banded together recently to uncover one of Destiny 2’s most intriguing secrets in the recent Warmind expansion. Their collective effort began with deciphering one of the game’s hidden puzzles, which then led them to a real-life treasure cache.
The treasure, which contains a replica of Warmind’s Valkyrie and gold coins, was found in upstate New York after the group solved a cipher that gave them a secret message. Redditor Randomiser posted on the subreddit last night, saying he had figured it out. The message said:
thank you for taking the time to piece together this message, friend. the time of our final conflict is drawing closer and you and ana have an important role to play in the events to come. so watch over her, guardian. i would have no life without ana or the exoprogram. i regret that we have become strangers, but we each have a path that we must walk. and, ironically, there never seems to be enough time. tell her, rasputin’s first attempt was in the right location, but the wrong moment. look here: 43.549573, -73.544868 – e
The “e” is short for Elsie Bray, sister of Ana Bray, who is the Stranger from the first Destiny. The coordinates listed in the secret message lead to Sleeping Beauty Mountain. This is in upstate New York, which is where Warmind’s lead developer, Vicarious Visions, is headquartered as well. Redditor I_love_science happened to live nearby, and took the initiative to follow the path to treasure.
The real-life treasure was placed in a cache, pictured below, and included a letter from Warmind design lead Rob Gallerani:
For more images of the treasure, you can view all of them here.
Only three spears like the one in this treasure exist: this one, along with one at Bungie and another at Vicarious Visions. It’s pretty cool to see a studio put together a treasure hunt like this, bringing Destiny’s mysteries to the real world.